December 4, 2017 - December 7, 2017

The 19th International Conference on AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)

Conference Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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ICASA 2017 will be held December 4 through 9, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 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 to discuss the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV and STI epidemics, as well as the unique responses 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. 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 participate in one satellite session, one workshop. We will present two oral abstract sessions, and display 11 poster presentations. All poster presentations will be displayed between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm on the days indicated below. Please see below details for more information on EGPAF-related events at this meeting.

To get exciting news and updates from EGPAF at the conference, be sure to stay tuned to EGPAF’s Twitter feed throughout the week and by using the hashtag #ICASA2017.

Satellites and Workshops

Accelerating efforts to scale up timely diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents living with HIV
Date: December 3, 2017 | 8:00 – 18:00

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional office for Africa in collaboration with the WHO headquarters and EGPAF, as well as other members of the AIDS free working group (UNICEF, PEPFAR, CIFF, ELMA) will hold a dedicated meeting to assess progress, address remaining gaps and share good practices to move forward with accelerated action for children and adolescents living with HIV. The meeting will be held at the margins of the ICASA Conference in Cote d’Ivoire and will include delegations from the 21 priorities countries of AIDS FREE. The overarching objective of the meeting is to build on previous regional workshop and ongoing enhanced TA to promote acceleration in the scale up timely diagnosis, treatment and care for children and adolescents in AIDS free focus countries.

Catalyze HIV Prevention Movement in Africa
Date: December 6, 2017 | 12:45-14:15
Location: PROF. NKANDU LUO Conference Room
Host(s): African Union Commission and Gilead Sciences
Speaker(s): Chip Lyons

This session will identify opportunities and challenges in scaling-up HIV prevention in African countries and provide an opportunity to identify concrete actions to accelerate HIV prevention. Discussion will focus on the key challenges, progress, and opportunities in HIV combination prevention strategies within the context of the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria by 2030, Africa’s broader health and development agenda, Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The role of point-of-care for early infant diagnosis testing and improved treatment options towards ending pediatric AIDS
Date: December 8, 2017 | 18:30-20:30
Location: PROF. SOULEYMAN MBOUP (Cinema Majestic)
Host(s): Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), EGPAF, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and Unitaid

For HIV-exposed infants, accurate, rapid diagnosis is critical to ensure appropriate care, including early antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation for HIV-infected infants, in order to decrease morbidity and mortality. Effective point-of-care (POC) molecular technologies present an opportunity to improve patient outcomes by expanding access and decreasing turn-around time to clinically relevant test results. This session will focus on how access to new POC technologies is being scaled-up within the diagnostic networks of early-adopter countries, present results from the implementation of a variety of service delivery models, and introduce key considerations and tools to assist in POC implementation. In addition, the session will emphasize the importance of coordination among national ministries of health, donors, and implementing partners to ensure POC implementation is sustainable. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how POC molecular testing for early infant diagnosis and HIV viral load testing is being integrated into national diagnostic networks and scaled-up for routine use in a variety of settings and through multiple service delivery models.

Abstract Session: Shared Responsibility and Partnership in HIV
Date: December 9, 2017 | 10:45-12:15
Location: Cinema Majestic
Host(s): ICASA

This session will present five abstracts exploring various factors that impact management of the HIV epidemic, including stock-outs, coverage of HIV/AIDS services, and equitable financing. EGPAF-Côte d’Ivorie Country Director Joseph Essombo will be co-chairing this session.

Oral Abstract Sessions

Improving retention in care among HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy over time: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation experience in Côte d’Ivoire
Presenter(s): Kouadio Marc N’Goran
School-based, directly-observed therapy significantly increases the rates of virologic suppression among adolescents in a rural health facility in Kenya
Presenter(s): Samuel Oduong

Poster Presentations

Analysis of internal quality control failures observed during early implementation of routine POC EID testing: lessons from Lesotho
Author(s): Mataka A, Lemaire J, Samosamo T, Bianchi F, Makhetha M, Sacks E
Increasing access to HIV testing services through a family tree testing approach in select health facilities of Lesotho
Author(s): Mohai F, Tumbare E, Tukei V, et al
Retention outcomes at 3 and 6 months after initiation of ART following roll-out of ‘Treatment for All’ in Lesotho
Author(s): Holtzman D, Putsoane M, Maoela L, Letsie M, Isavwa A
Assessment of trends in PMTCT and EID following implementation of lifelong ART (Option B+) in Lesotho
Author(s): Mokone M, Akintade O, Tumbare E,Maoela L, Seetsi L, Nchephe M, Tukei V
ART outcomes among children in Zambia: A 10-year retrospective cohort analysis
Author(s): Abbas S, Munthali G, Machekano R, et al
Initial uptake of viral load testing and rates of viral suppression after roll-out of routine viral monitoring in Lesotho
Author(s): Holtzman D, Mataka A, Putsoane M, Mapolosi K, Mots’oane T
Involvement of nurses and midwives in HIV care and treatment activities: task-shifting experiences in Côte d’Ivoire
Author(s): Leunkeu E, Soro P, N’goran M, Ekra A, N’guessa B, Kouame H
Reaching key and priority populations in a public health facility through integrated “Drop-In-Center” model of service delivery, Homabay Kenya
Author(s): Muthama D, Kenyatta O, Audo M, Ojallah O, Soo L, Masaba R, Mwangi E
Access to HIV viral load testing among patients on antiretroviral therapy, Côte d’Ivoire in 2016
Author(s): Koffi L, N’Guessan B, Adje C Lokossue A, Attiah J, Kouame H, N’goran M
Effects of implementation of the “Active Follow-up of the Mother-Baby Pair” strategy on EID interventions in Côte d’Ivoire
Author(s): Leunkeu E, Soro P, N’goran M, Nobah MT, N’Guessan B, Kouame. H, N’da. JP
Assessing prevention of mother-to-child transmission program for HIV-exposed infants accessing EID services - Côte D’Ivoire, 2016 - 2017
Author(s): Koffi L, N’Guessan B, Adje C, Achi D, Hoba K, Attiah J, N’Goran M