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It is now certain that either Ghana or Tunisia would be hosting the 18th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STI’s in Africa ,(ICASA 2015). Registered Society for AIDS in Africa members made the pre-selection for Tunisia, Ghana and Congo.
Tunisia had the highest votes with 964, Ghana came second with 734 and Congo came third with 578.
Though all African countries were eligible to be considered to host ICASA, they had to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for selection. They are
Each criteria was scored from one to ten. The Two bids, Tunisia and Ghana, which had the highest scores have been presented to SAA Governing Board, for final selection of the ICASA 2015 Host Country.
ICASA, is in response to the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS scourge in Africa. The motion for the hosting of the International Conference, on African soil, was moved by prominent African scientists at a meeting in Italy in 1987. Three years later, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) was established as the organizational custodian of ICASA. The 17th ICASA takes place in Cape Town, South Africa in December 7th to 11. The 18th ICASA would be held in either Tunisia or Ghana.