17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2013)

December 7-12, 2013 | Cape Town, South Africa

The 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2013) is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. The conference provides an ideal forum for the exchange of knowledge, skills, and best practices from around the world to promote evidence-based responses that help achieve the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This year's conference theme Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero is derived from UNAIDS' vision of striving for "Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths." It also highlights the urgent need to maintain our global commitment to ensuring access to treatment for everyone in Africa irrespective of their ability to pay for such treatment.

View a listing of Abstracts and Poster Presentations by EGPAF staff.

Sessions

The Double Dividend: The story of HIV exposed children and improving child survival (RSVP required)

December 7, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 pm | Westin Hotel, Cape Town
Leader: WHO, UNICEF, EGPAF, & Republic of South Africa
Speakers: Guest of Honor - Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, UNSG Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Practical Challenges and Solutions for Bringing Point-of-Care Diagnostics (Viral Load and Early Infant Diagnosis) to Market

December 7, 2013, 3:30 - 5:00 pm | CITICC
Leader: Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Speakers: Panelists include: Chip Lyons (moderator) Helen Lee, DDU Marco Schito, NiH Robert Matiru, UNITAID Nicholas Muraguri

Launch of Global Guidelines on HIV Testing and Counseling and Care and Treatment in Adolescents

December 10 2013, 12:00 - 2:00 pm | The Westin Hotel, Ballroom West
Leader: UNICEF & WHO
Speakers: Panelists include: EGPAF Adolescent Guest, Craig McClure, UNICEF Gottfried Hirnschall, WHO Alice Armstrong Nonhlanhla Dlamini, Chief Director, Child Health, National Department of Health Peter Elyanu, National Coordinator, Paediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDS Care, Uganda Ministry of Health

Bottleneck Analysis, Execution and Routine Monitoring for Results: a New Approach to Rapid Scale-Up of PMTCT at the District Level

December 10, 2013, 12:45 - 2:45 pm | Exhibition hall 4+4B
Leader: UNICEF & EGPAF
Speakers: Chairs: Mickey Chopra, UNICEF Charles Lyons, EGPAF

Innovative Strategies to Support Children Born into Families Affected by HIV

December 10, 2013. 12:45 - 2:15 pm | The Westin Hotel, Ballroom East
Leader: EGPAF
Speakers: Susan Strasser, Prisca Kayele, Helen Mwiinga, Elyse Uwizeye, Eva Hamiyanda, Suzanna Bright, and Stephanie Ahn

Abstracts

Achieving elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through increased access to care and antiretroviral treatment among HIV-positive pregnant women in Kenya

By Eric Kilongi, Pauline Onguko, Justus Ocholla, Dave Muthama, Lucy Matu, Alex Ekblom, Titus Syengo, Bernadette Ng'eno

Data Validation as a Way of Closing the Gap Between Reported Aggregate Data and Client Level Health Facility Records

By M. Khang, P. Tsokeli, N. Poopa, A. Isavwa, M. Ramoseme, A. Tiam.

Tracking and strengthening retention of HIV exposed infants (HEIs) in care in Nyanza province, Kenya

By Kyulu Teresiah, Matu Lucy, Syengo Titus, Beyer Linda, Kimanga Daves, Sirengo Martin, Ouma Christopher, Olago Agatha, Putta Nande

Use of 3G-enabled tablet computers for remote data collection and reporting: enhancing supportive supervision of maternal and child health facilities offering PMTCT services in Zimbabwe

By E. Chinaka, J. Mponda, T. Nyamundaya, S. Teitelman

Use of QI methods to improve HIV testing Of HIV-Exposed babies at 9 months in Lesotho

By M. Tsoeu, A. Tiam, O.Oyebola, J. Teethe, G. Kebede, N. Mots'oane, M. Morris

An analysis of the Zambia policy and legal environment to identify key challenges to achieving elimination of pediatric HIV

By Strasser, S., Bweupe, M., Vwalaika, C., Ghanotakis, E., Igweta, R., Hairston, A., Nswana, R., Kulukulu, B., Kebede, G., Pitter, C., Menke, J.

Addressing unmet need for family planning among HIV-positive women of reproductive age 3 districts in Nyanza Province, Kenya

By Kyulu Teresiah, Gwosari Cemetine, Matu Lucy, Syengo Titus, Beyer Linda, Kimanga Daves, Sirengo Martin,Ouma Christopher, Putta Nande

Care for Caregivers: The Lesotho Nurses Association Wellness Centre Program Experience

By Oyebola OYEBANJI, Appolinaire TIAM, Allan AHIMBISIBWE, Tony ISAVWA, Mookho MASOTSA, Monaphathi MARAKA, Doreen CHAOANA-MAPETJA, Rejakile FOSA, Mangaka LETELE, Tebello NTSANE, Foffie THULO

Countdown to Zero: Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Kwamo Dispensary-Ndhiwa District, Kenya

By Oyugi, B., Opapa, E., Onguko, P., Ocholla, J., Muthama, D., Matu, L., Ongech, J., Kose, J., Syengo, T., Ngeno, B.

Determining Lesotho's financial resource gap for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV

By Tendayi MBETU, Appolinaire TIAM, Matsepeli NCHEPHE, Florence MOHAI, Allan AHIMBISIBWE, Oyebola OYEBANJI, Anthony ISAVWA, Majoalane MOKONE, Mamorapeli TSOEU, Mamorapeli PUTSOANE

Engaging Community Leaders To Generate Demand For, And Uptake Of, Antenatal Care And Prevention Of Mother-to-Child Transmission Of HIV Services In Rural Zimbabwe

By Auxilia Muchedzi

Health workers' perspectives on the acceptability, feasibility, and health services utilization following the introduction of the Mother-Baby Pack for PMTCT in Lesotho

By Michelle Gill, Majoalane Mokone, Appolinaire Tiam, Matokelo Foso, Florence Mohai, Victor Ankrah, Chewe Luo, Laura Guay

How Much Will It Cost Lesotho To Move From Option A To Option B+ Of The World Health Organization's Prevention Of Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV Guidelines?

By Tendayi MBETU, Appolinaire TIAM, Matsepeli NCHEPHE, Florence MOHAI, Allan AHIMBISIBWE, Oyebola OYEBANJI, Anthony ISAVWA, Mafusi MOKONE, Mamorapeli PUTSOANE, Malijane NYABELA, Marathabile NEI.

Impact of the Partnership for Management Development (PMD) program on facility-based deliveries in Lesotho.

By Oluwatimilehin Ilesanmi Olowolabi, Oyebola Oyebanji, Allan Ahimbisibwe, Tony Isavwa, Appolonaire Tiam

Implementing an electronic patient tracking system for PMTCT in Zimbabwe: Early lessons

By C. Muchuchuti, L. Chimhanda, R. Musarandega

Initial Results from an Antiretroviral Drug Safety Registry for Pregnant Women in South Africa and Zambia

By K. Cherry Liu, Mansour Farahani, Tshililo Mashamba, Muthuhadini Mawela, Jessica Joseph, Engela Honey, Nienke Van Schaik, Michelle Gill, Elizabeth Stringer, Waasila Jassat, Richard Marlink

Integrating lay counselors with clinical teams to accelerate provider-initiated HIV counseling and testing: example from Kijauri District hospital

By Maru I, Mutinda G, Ongaro J, Muthama D, Matu L

Mother mentors: The Role of non-health worker cadres to improve adherence and retention in HIV care and treatment

By Judith Kose; Evangeline Nkirote; Anthony Kamau; Irene Mukui; Lucy Matu; Mercy Muthui; Titus Syengo;

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Pamoja Project: Increased follow-up among HIV-exposed infants at five rural health facilities of Nyanza Province Kenya

By Muthama D, Phelesia, Opapa E, Mutinda G, Onguko P, Ocholla J, Oluoch F, Ochuka B, Miyoyo A, Matu L, Ongech J, Kose J Syengo T

Poster Presentations

Implementation Of TB Intensified Case Finding (ICF) at PMTCT Clinics To Improve TB Case Detection Among Pregnant Women; Experiences From Nyanza Districts, Kenya

By Mboya P, Onguko P, George M, Deya J, Muthama D, Matu L, Syengo T

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Pamoja Project: Increased follow-up to among HIV-exposed infants at five rural health facilities of Nyanza Province Kenya

By Muthama D, Phelesia, Opapa E, Mutinda G, Onguko P, Ocholla E, Oluoch F, Ochuka B, Miyoyo A, Matu L, Ongech J, Kose J, Syengo T

Countdown to Zero: Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Kwamo Dispensary-Ndhiwa District, Nyana Province, Kenya

By Oyugi B, Opapa E, Onguko P, Ocholla E, Kaingi G, Ocholla J, Ochuka B, Muthama D, Boi D, Matu L, Ongech J, Kose J, Syengo T

Integrating lay counselors with clinical teams to accelerate provider-initiated HIV counseling and testing: example from Kijauri District hospital

By Maru I, Mutinda G, Ongaro J, Muthama D, Matu L

Mother mentors: Peer mentors capacity-building among non-health worker cadres approach to improve adherence and retention in HIV care and treatment: The Operation ARIFU experience

By Kose J, Wambugu L, Nkirote E, Kamau A, Mukui I, Matu L, Muthui M, Syengo T

Recommendations for conducting prevention trials in infants born to HIV-infected mothers

By Voronin Y, Cunningham C, Fowler MG, Graham B, Kaleebu P, McFarland B, Mofenson L, Safrit J

Initial Results from an Antiretroviral Drug Safety Registry for Pregnant Women in South Africa and Zambia

By Liu KC, Farahani M, Mashamba T, Mawela M, Joseph J, Honey E, Van Schaik N, Gill M, Stringer E, Jassat W, Marlink R

Impact of Partnership for Management Development (PMD) Program on Facility based Deliveries in Lesotho.

By Olowolabi OI, Oyebanji O, Ahimbisibwe A, Isavwa T, Tiam A

How Much Will it Cost Lesotho to Move from Option A to Option B+ of the World Health Organization's Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Guidelines?

By Mbetu T, Tiam A , Nchephe M, Mohai F, Ahimbisibwe A, Oyebanji O, Isavwa T, Mokone M, Putsoane M, Nyabela

Determining Lesotho's financial resource gap for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV

By Mbetu T, Tiam A, Nchephe M, Mohai F, Ahimbisibwe A, Oyebanji O, Isavwa A, Mokone M, Tsoeu M, Putsoane M

Health workers perspectives on the acceptability, feasibility, and health services utilization following the introduction of the Mother-Baby Pack

By Gill M, Mokone M, Foso M, Tiam A, Guay L

An Analysis of the Zambia Policy and Legal Environment to Identify Key Challenges to Achieving Elimination of Pediatric HIV

By Strasser S, Bweupe M, Vwalaika C, Ghanotakis E, Igweta R, Hairston A, Nswana R, Kulukulu B, Kebede G Pitter C, Menke J

Implementing An Electronic Patient Tracking System For PMTCT In Zimbabwe: Early Lessons

By Muchuchuti C, Chimhanda L, Musarandega R

Engaging Community Leaders to Generate Demand for, and Uptake of, Antenatal Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Of HIV Services In Rural Zimbabwe

By Muchedzi A, Chadambuka A, Chikwinya B, Dhliwayo A, Woelk G