International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2015)
The next ICASA will take place in Tunisia, and focus on "Linking leadership, science and human rights". Registration will open in January 2015.8 Nov 2014 to 13 Nov 2014 | Tunis, Tunisia
The conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post MDG framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching 90, 90, 90 of UNAIDS will not be possible if Human rights are not key priority for a new vision of leadership in the context of strengthening the application of science based evidence.
The 18th ICASA is an opportunity to renew this global commitment by drawing the world’s attention to the fact that the legacy is now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. Given the urgency of the issue we are anticipating 7 000 -10 000 of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, activists, PLHIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – will be joining the debate on how to achieve this vision.
The conference will be chaired by Dr Ihab AbdelRhaman Ahmed, an epidemiologist and President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA). It will be co-chaired by Professor Mohamed Ridha Kamoun, a dermatologist and President of “Association Tunisienne de Luttecontre les MST et le SIDA’’.
The conference will be an excellent opportunity to promote inter-sectoral achievements in the AIDS response and to strengthen the partnership among governments, civil society, and development partners.
The objectives of ICASA 2015:
- Serve as an advocacy platform to mobilize African leaders, partners and the community to increase ownership, commitment and support to the AIDS response.
- Strengthen leadership in the field of science and human rights for the control and elimination of HIV / AIDS in Africa and associate diseases
- Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, skills and best practices in Africa and around the globe.
- Increase awareness for the support to scale up evidence-based responses to HIV & AIDS, and associate diseases (sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, and hepatitis) in order to achieve the post millennium development goals.
- Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and best practices on emergent epidemic response (EBOLA, SRAS etc.)
- Act as a platform to hold accountable all stakeholders to scale up and sustain the AIDS response.
- Create opportunities to define priorities and set policy and programme for post 2015 agenda to enhance mobilization and effective utilization of resources.