The 18th International Conference on AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA)
The 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) will be held November 29 through December 4, 2015 in Harare, Zimbabwe. This prestigious event is organized by the Society for AIDS in Africa, in collaboration with global and local partners. This year, nearly 10,000 delegates from 150 countries will attend, and the conference will highlight the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV and STI epidemics, as well as the unique response required to address them. ICASA attracts global leaders, policy makers, researchers, activists, and others to share the latest scientific advances in the field, to learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies to advance all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV and STIs.
Topics related to antiretroviral therapy (ART), data quality, HIV/AIDS prevention programs, and health systems strengthening will be a particular focal point at this event. Experts, including those from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will work together at this venue to provide various presentations on best practices in these technical areas and will map a way forward to ensure progress in HIV prevention, care and treatment programming.
EGPAF will co-host a satellite session* on the recently launched UNITAID project. We will also be in attendance to present five oral presentations and 13 posters, featuring lessons learned and best practices from six EGPAF-supported countries in subjects including promoting prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) service uptake and retention; improving early infant HIV diagnosis and pediatric HIV case detection; and engaging private and government sectors in HIV prevention and service provision. For more details on each session, see below.
To get exciting news and updates from EGPAF at the conference, be sure to stay tuned to EGPAF’s blog and Twitter feeds throughout the week.