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African advocates need to advocate differently for biomedical HIV prevention research

New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society. The 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum – popularly known by its acronym ‘BHPF’ – has come and gone. The one day forum that held as a pre-conference on the 3rd of December 2017 during the ICASA conference, sent a clear message to the over 173 pre-conference participants: advocacy for biomedical HIV prevention research in sub-Saharan Africa has to be done differently. Speaker after speaker at the conference identified why and how to make [...]

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Welcome address by ICASA 2017 Vice President at the 2nd ISC meeting

19th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS IN AFRICA ICASA 2017 – COTE D’IVOIRE ————————– 2nd INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE (ISC) MEETING ——————————— OPENING SPEECH OF RAYMONDE GOUDOU COFFIE, MINISTER OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC HYGIENE Abidjan (Hôtel Palm Club), Thursday, 30th March 2017 at 14:30 Mr. President of the council of the Society for Aids in Africa (SAA), President of ICASA 2017-Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Resident Representative of WHO; Mrs. Country Director of UNAIDS; Dear representative of Abidjan Autonomous District Governor; Dear representatives of the United Nations agencies and specialized institutions; Honorable members of the International [...]

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Remembering Mark Wainberg

Source: International AIDS Society “When I look back on my career, I always feel that the most important contribution of my life was political and not scientific.” – Mark Wainberg It is with a heavy heart that the International AIDS Society (IAS) has learned of the death of past president Prof. Mark A. Wainberg (1998-2000), who died this week at the age of 71 in Bal Harbour, Florida. We stand in mourning and shock from this news as Mark was a leader, mentor [...]

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Opening Ceremony Speech By The President Of The Society For Aids In Africa (Saa) At The 1st International Steering Committee Meeting Abidja-Cote D’ivoire.

Source: Society for AIDS in Africa Dear Honorable members of the International Steering committee of ICASA 2017, dear representative of the government of Cote d’Ivoire, dear Representative of the Governor of Abidjan, dear Regional and country representative of the UN System, dear Representative of the ARNS, dear Representative of the AU, dear representative of various countries local and regional organizations, dear Honorable members of various scientific organizations and NGO’s, dear Honorable members of SAA,  all protocol observed … I would like to [...]

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Prof. James Hakim, Immediate Past Chair of the Scientific Program of ICASA 2015 honored at CROI 2017

Prof. James Hakim, the past immediate chair of the Scientific Program of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa, held in Harare, Zimbabwe (ICASA 2015) was honored at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle USA for his collaborative & pioneering in HIV/AIDS research in Zimbabwe. In delivering his N’Galy-Mann Lecture, he highlighted that amidst crippling economic inflation and political denial that set additional hurdles in the way of effective responses to the HIV [...]

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