ICASA kicks off in Harare….29th Nov-4th Dec, 2015

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 :

  1. Increase African leadership and ownership, as well as investment in financing to support the continental health response.
  2. Strengthen the interaction between the public health, science and human right approaches in the control and elimination of the HIV/AIDS and associate diseases.
  3. Improve awareness and learning on knowledge, skills, best practices from the response to AIDS and other emergent epidemics (EBOLA, HEPATITIS, SRAS and NCD’s)
  4. 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.

To follow the conference , please visit any of the following :

http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/icasa2015/




WORLD AIDS DAY 2015 …..Ending AIDS by 2030

In view of the 2015 World AIDS Day commemoration, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released current global HIV/AIDS figures.

Please see link below:


A few key figures to note :

In 2014 –

  • 36.9 million people were living with HIV
  • around 2 million people were newly infected
  • 1.2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses

As at June 2015, 15.8 million people are on ART globally

See the link below for the detailed UNAIDS World AIDS Day report:


While the world maybe on track to ending AIDS by 2030 with the number of people on treatment, more needs to be done in getting people to know their status.

It starts with you and I; so GET TESTED this WORLD AIDS DAY!


ARE WE REALLY MIDDLE INCOME? ??…Sign the petition

The World Bank’s Middle-Income Classification does not show the true extent of poverty in the Middle Income Countries  (MICs) creates a perception that the MICs are ” not poor “; but in reality 75 % of the world’s poor and majority of the people living with HIV / AIDS reside in the MICs.

As a way of urging the World Bank to redefine it’s classification of Countries,  a coalition in Africa has launched an online petition.  They are hoping to get 10,000 signatures and would like for you to sign the petition in Solidarity and share with your networks!

SIGN THE PETITION : https://www.change.org/p/world-bank-group-redefine-middle-income-classification-mic-to-end-poverty-in-africa?recruiter=76034394&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-md-notification-no_msg



Courtesy : Redefine Middle Income Classification Coalition ( RMICC )


Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour – We’re Recruiting!

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Do you know a young person affected by HIV / AIDS?
Do they have the skills, knowledge and passion to inspire other young people to take action?
Then we want to hear from you!
Youth Stop AIDSis looking for a young, passionate speaker from the Global South to join us on our annual Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour in the UK.
Over three weeks our speakers will tour 15-20 UK universities, helping bring to life the issues behind the HIV/AIDS pandemic by telling their personal story to students, young people and decision-makers, and inspiring them to take action. We believe there is nothing more powerful than hearing the true-life stories of people affected by these diseases, and the failings of the system, to motivate people to take action and change this reality.
Youth Stop AIDS‘ network of young people across the UK speak out, take creative action and engage those in power to ensure that governments, global institutions and corporations are committed to ending AIDS by 2030.  By telling their story on the Youth Stop AIDS’ Speaker Tour, the two speakers will inspire and motivate our network to continue taking action and campaigning to end AIDS. 
Attached to this email is the International Speaker Role Description – which provides full details of the role and responsibilities for the international speaker from the Global South – and the International Speaker Application Form for the role. 
Applications must be emailed to Anna atannar@restlessdevelopment.orgby Sunday 15th November 2015.
We have contacted you because we believe your networks may include young people that would be perfect for this opportunity.
We want to ensure as many young people as possible hear about this role and have the chance to apply. We’d love you to help us do this by sharing this opportunity with your networks and young people that you work with. You can do this by:
  • Sharing this email and the attached documents with your networks, encouraging young people to apply for the role

  • Share the opportunity on your organisation’s Facebook and Twitter, using the suggested messaging and the image attached to this email:
    • 18-32? Affected by #HIV or #AIDS? Apply for the International Speaker role on the @Youth_StopAIDS UK Speaker Tour:http://bit.ly/1XohfHW
    • Share your experience of #HIV/AIDS & inspire others to take action! Apply to speak on @Youth_StopAIDS’ Speaker Tour: http://bit.ly/1XohfHW
    • .@Youth_StopAIDS is recruiting a young person from the Global South to speak on their UK Speaker Tour. Apply here:http://bit.ly/1XohfHW
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If you or a young person you work with have any questions about the application process or the role, please get in touch with Anna atannar@restlessdevelopment.org.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Courtesy : Youth Stop AIDS