Signing ceremony to support 19th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)
French government supports the organisation of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) to be held this December in Abidjan
The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), custodian of ICASA, has received a €25,000 grant from French Government to organize the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa that will be held from 4th to 9th December 2017 in Abidjan.
On Friday 3rd November, Dr. Jean-Luc MURE, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the French Embassy in Ghana signed an agreement with Luc Armand BODEA, Coordinator of Society for AIDS in Africa and Director of ICASA (NGO based in Accra), in the presence of Dr. Marion CHAPON, cooperation attaché and Genevieve PARTINGTON, project officer.
The ICASA Conference has been organized since 1990 to curb the impact of HIV/AIDS through an African continent free of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The theme of ICASA 2017 is “Africa: Ending AIDS - delivering differently”. The Conference aims to promote inter- sectoral achievements in the fight against AIDS and to strengthen partnerships among governments, civil societies, and development partners towards the realisation of 90/90/90 by 2030. By then, 90% of all people living with HIV should know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection should have access to sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy should have significantly suppressed viral loads.
It also targets to address integrated approaches for sustainable responses toward ending Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and associated diseases; to translate science into action to maximize programme impact, to provide a platform to maintain and sustain investment for CSOs and FBOs and to offer a platform to promote rights-based models to overcome structural and policy barriers towards universal access.
ICASA 2017 is expected to convene between 7,000 and 10,000 delegates from 172 countries, including more than 200 journalists around the globe.