The 18th ICASA Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa

ICASA 2015 will provide an opportunity for the international community to join efforts in commitment to achieve an AIDS-free Africa. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will join approximately 9,000 of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, activists, persons living with HIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – in the conversations around how to eliminate AIDS and STIs in Africa.

The conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post-Millennium Development Goal framework and reaching 90, 90, 90 targets set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). These ambitious global plans will not be possible if human rights are not key priority alongside science-based leadership.

This year, EGPAF is honored to cohost a two-hour satellite symposium on UNITAID investments in integrating new-to-market, point-of-care testing technologies into national laboratory networks in 13 African countries with the aim of increasing the number of HIV-exposed infants whose status is known and who are rapidly placed on treatment.  We are also pleased to have been accepted to present five oral presentations, and 13 poster presentations. For those of you attending this year’s ICASA, please note the following:

Sessions

Satellite: Optimizing Testing and Treatment of HIV-Exposed Infants: Creating Sustainable Markets for Point-of-Care Technologies within National Diagnostic Networks
Hosts: UNITAID, EGPAF, Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNICEF, *Keynote address by Ambassador Birx
Location: Prof. Soudré Room, Rainbow Towers Hotels and Conference Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 18:30 – 20:30

Abstract: Assessment of quality of voluntary medical male circumcision data in South West Uganda: Baseline findings
Presenter: Moses Mera
Session Title:  Making VMMC Work
Location: Jacaranda 3
Date and Time: Monday, November 30 at 12:45

Abstract: Improving HIV care and support service performances in Côte d'Ivoire
Presenter: Kouadio Marc N’Goran
Session: Retaining Patients in HIV Treatment: What Is New ?
Location: Committee Room 5A & B
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 2 at 12 :45 

Abstract: A collaborative approach to establish predictors and true defaulters, and return the defaulters back into care at Ntchisi District hospital, a rural hospital in Ntchitsi District in Malawi
Presenter: Allan Ahimbisibwe
Session: Operationalizing 90-90-90 from Inputs to Outcomes
Location: Jacaranda 1&2
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 2, at 16:45

Abstract: Engaging parliamentarians to support children to access treatment for HIV
Presenter: Rhoda Igweta at the HIV and Law session
Session: HIV and Law
Location: Prof Soudré Room
Date and Time: Thursday, December 3 at 12:45

Abstract: Do adolescents equally utilize antenatal care (ANC) and PMTCT services as adult women? Data from patient tracking database in Zimbabwe
Presenter: Reuben Musarandega
Session: Matching Settings to Entry Points for Better Services
Location: Committee Room 4
Date and Time Thursday, December 3 at 12:45

For more details on each session and to read all of our accepted oral and poster abstracts, please visit EGPAF’s ICASA 2015 page and be sure to stay tuned to EGPAF’s blog and Twitter feeds for exciting news and updates from the conference throughout the week.