The 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA 2013), Africa’s largest AIDS Conference, will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa, from 7 -11 December 2013, organisers of the conference announced.
The theme of ICASA 2013 is: Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero.
This theme was arrived at after an extended deliberation among the representatives of the respective stakeholders at the first International Steering Committee meeting.
It 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 co-chaired by Professor Robert Soudre, the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and Professor Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand.
In 2000, South Africa hosted the landmark International AIDS Conference setting the scene for what was to be a turning point in the international drive to breaking down the barriers to AIDS treatment. What followed was an unprecedented commitment by donors, government and civil society to increasing access to treatment, in an attempt to turn the tide on this epidemic.
The 2013 ICASA Conference is an opportunity to renew this global commitment by drawing the world’s attention to the fact that the legacy of Durban 2000 is now under threat due to the global economic downturn, says Professor Ian Sanne, Co-Chair of the Conference.
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