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07 March 2013

Africa’s largest AIDS Conference to be held in Cape Town in December

The 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA 2013), Africa’s largest AIDS Conference, will offer a unique platform ahead of 2015 to assess progress and developments in relation to HIV and AIDS.

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The 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA 2013), Africa’s largest AIDS Conference, will offer a unique platform ahead of 2015 to assess progress and developments in relation to HIV and AIDS.

ICASA will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7 – 11 December 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

This year’s ICASA is being held two years to 2015, the target date for the UN Millennium Development Goals. ICASA will be important in assessing the achievements made and the challenges ahead. The theme for ICASA 2013 is Now More than Ever: Targeting Zero. This speaks directly to the message the 17th ICASA International Steering Committee seeks to promote and is derived from the UNAIDS vision of striving for: “Zero new HIV and TB infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related and TB deaths”.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Robert Soudre, the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and co-chaired by Professor Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand.

“By drawing the world’s attention to HIV in Africa, where the progress made since the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 is threatened by the global economic downturn, this ICASA is an opportunity to renew the global commitment by donors, private sector, community leaders, media and acedemia” says Co-chair Professor Ian Sanne.

“Our continent is at a crossroads, this is the time for efficiency, innovation and pragmatic approaches to tackle the issues surrounding HIV. About 10 000 of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, activists, government and civil society leaders are expected to join the debate,” says Professor Robert Soudre Conference Chairperson.

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA, and Dira Sengwe, the custodians of the South African AIDS Conferences supported by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), are the lead organizers of the 17th ICASA in Cape Town.

 

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