ICASA, Africa's largest AIDS Conference to be held in Cape Town in December, 2013
February 27, 2013 - 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
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
"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.
To register for the conference visit www.icasa2013southafrica.org.
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About Dira Sengwe
Dira Sengwe is a South African-based non-Governmental Organisation established in 2002 by the members of the local organising committee
of the ground-breaking XIIIth International Aids Conference, Durban, 2000. The organisation emerged at a critical period in the
history of the struggle for recognition of HIV and AIDS as a disease, overwhelmingly in poor countries, especially on the
African continent. The organisation was established in response to the slow uptake of AIDS treatment in South Africa
and established the South African Aids Conference which is organised bi-annually since 2003 as a platform to promote
a unified AIDS response. Other Dira Sengwe projects include the AIDS Bravery Award and an Oral History Project.
For more information on Dira Sengwe please visit www.dirasengwe.org.
About The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)
The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA was founded in 1989 at the fourth International Symposium on AIDS and
Associated Cancers in Africa (now ICASA) held in Marseille, France by a group of African scientists, activists and advocates in
response to this epidemic. SAA envisions and African continent free of HIV, TB and malaria and their debilitating effects on
communal and societal structures, where people are socially and economically empowered to live product lives in dignity.
For more information on SAA please visit www.saafrica.org.
About The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD)
The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is a South African Private Institution of Higher Education dedicated to building
a better society through education and capacity development. FPD annually provides management and clinical training to 30,000
health care professionals and managers across Africa and has support the initiation on ART of more than 200,000 PLHIV. FPD
also organises national and international conferences as a conduit to shape public and policy perspectives. FPD's
involvement in conferences dates back to the Durban in 2000 conference where it provided the conference
secretariat. For more information please visit www.foundation.co.za.
For more information about ICASA please contact:
Luc Armand Bodea
Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)
Office Direct: (+233)(0) 302 913 739
Mobile (+233)(0) 543 748 781
ICASA Local Secretariat
Mobile (+2782) 452 7527
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