Meeting with the Netherland Embassy on the 30th September, 2017
From left Dr Ger J. Steenbergen (First Secretary Health Netherland Embassy), DR. Caecilia Wijgers (Deputy Head of Mission), Mr. Luc Bodea (SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director), Mr. Chris Nuatro (Marketing/Partnership Assistant (SAA)), Ms. Marie Noelle Atta (Marketing/Partnership Intern (SAA)).
On the 30th September, 2016, a meeting was held at the premises of the Netherland Embassy between the Netherland Embassy and the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA). The essence of this meeting was to show appreciation for Netherland Embassy Support during the just ended 3rd SAA Symposium on; Africa’s Preparedness for Emerging Viral Infections: Lessons from HIV/Ebola and the Outlook for Zika & Lassa”, and to present the report of 3rd SAA Symposium.
- Mr Luc Bodea updated Dr Steenbergen on the outcomes of the SAA 3rd They both agreed that the meeting was a success.
- Steenbergen reiterated the significance of the 3rd SAA Symposium report since it will be featured in the upcoming international meeting in Rotterdam, which will gather ministers of Health from USA, Pakistan, Cambodia, Tanzania etc. The report of the symposium would be presented during this important meeting as:
- Africa solutions for Africans
- First Africans’ voice on the way forward
- Mr. Luc Bodea also highlighted the additional steps that will be taken to ensure that the outcome of the Symposium will be implemented across the region of Africa. He mentioned that the recommendations of the Symposium will also be included in the upcoming International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), which will take place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire in 2017.
- He added that, the preparation for the next ICASA is already underway, with the 1st International Steering Committees kicking start from 24th-25th November, 2016.
- Later, Dr. Steenbergen introduced Dr. Caecilia Wijgers, the Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Cooperation. Dr. Caecilia was interested in knowing more about the organization. Mr. Luc explained that the SAA has been in existence since more than 26 years and the current board was democratically elected since 2014 and led by Dr. Ihab Ahmed from Egypt as the 5th elected president of the SAA.
- He also added that as result of the recent global health crisis, the next ICASA will not only focus on HIV/AIDS but also on emerging viral diseases and NCDs. He further state he believed that ICASA platform will help to strengthen Africa Health System.
- Finally the meeting came to an end after Mr. Luc Bodea officially presented the 3rd SAA Symposium report and other documentations, including the Symposium Program book to Dr. Caecilia Wijgers, the Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Cooperation.
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