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The office of Malawian President H. E. Joyce Banda has confirmed that she will be attending the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA 2013), in December in Cape Town, South Africa. ICASA is Africa’s largest AIDS Conference held on African soil, and this year, the bi-annual event offers a unique platform ahead of the deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, MDG’s in 2015,
The theme of the conference “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero”, reflects the urgency to act in the lead-up to 2015, and to support UNAIDS’ drive of “Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related and TB deaths”.
It is also a forum where Africa’s most influential opinion leaders, scientists, NGOs, community groups, media houses and international organizations, discuss programming collaborations and innovative research in science, leadership and communities. Networking with various people from various fields will take place, all in a bid to enhance the HIV/Response
“President Banda is a promoter of HIV AIDS issues and was this year elected at the African Heads of State and government’s meeting held in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, to champion HIV Malaria and Tuberculoses in the Southern African Development Community, SADC region. Her participation to this conference, will add a value”, said Prof Robert Soudre, the chairperson of SAA and ICASA 2013 Chair
ICASA 2013’s preparations are far advanced and everything is falling in place.
The venue for ICASA; the Cape Town Convention Centre, is in a beautiful city with modern public transport, accessible accommodation and outstanding banking and telecommunications infrastructure.