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ICASA 2011 Evaluation Report

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The 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2011) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4 to 8 December 2011, attracting more than 10,000 participants. The objective of the ICASA 2011 evaluation was to identify strengths and weaknesses of the conference and to assess its immediate impact (outcomes) on the response to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Results of the evaluation will be used by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA, to improve planning and delivery of future ICASAs, which should continue to play a key role in strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa.

The leading data collection instrument was a bilingual survey distributed to all delegates as a printed form during the conference or by email immediately after the conference. The survey received a response rate of 19%, with 1,050 surveys completed. In addition, three focus group interviews were conducted with delegates at the conference to supplement survey results.

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