The 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) kicked off full steam on the 29th of November in Harare , Zimbabwe.
The theme of this year’s conference is “AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” and over 10,000 delegates from across the continent and the globe are participating. ICASA which is unarguably the biggest AIDS conference in Africa will feature some notable speakers such as : Michel Sidibe (Executive Director, UNAIDS) ; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (Executive Director of UNFPA) and Dr. Leila Pakkala (UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa) etc.
The conference will be chaired by Dr Ihab AbdelRhaman Ahmed (epidemiologist and President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)) and co-chaired by Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child care Minister representing the Government of Zimbabwe).
The objectives of this year’s conference are :
- Increase African leadership and ownership, as well as investment in financing to support the continental health response.
- Strengthen the interaction between the public health, science and human right approaches in the control and elimination of the HIV/AIDS and associate diseases.
- Improve awareness and learning on knowledge, skills, best practices from the response to AIDS and other emergent epidemics (EBOLA, HEPATITIS, SRAS and NCD’s)
- Promote the development and scale up of evidence-based interventions for HIV/AIDS and associate diseases in the post 2015 era.
Courtesy : http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/
Other key activities include: the ICASA Youth front session (s) and Biomedical HIV prevention forum.
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