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Rwanda and Society for AIDS in Africa call for bids to brand and design the ICASA 2019 Logo & theme

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Kigali, March 24 2018— Rwanda Ministry of Health and the Society for AIDs in Africa (SAA) who are the organizers of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) are calling for bids to brand and design the ICASA 2019 logo and theme. Rwanda is the host country of  ICASA 2019 and the logo of the 20th edition of ICASA will reflect the country’s values, the SDGs, the 90-90-90 goal and the end of AIDS by 2030.

The ICASA organizers hope to get an identity to brand the upcoming 20th edition in order to get the best and appropriate logo for ICASA 2019. The contest for a creative logo for the conference will earn the winner a prize.

The contest is open to all Africa countries however artists mainly People Living with HIV and key populations are most encouraged to participate.

The ICASA International secretariat will shortlist 10 best proposals of the ICASA logo and this will be presented at the ICASA 2019 International Steering Committee meeting which will be held between 7 – 8 June, 2018 in Kigali for the final selection. To participate kindly refer to ICASA 2019 website: www.icasa2019rwanda.org

The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major and only bilingual international AIDS conference which takes place in Africa. It is a biennial conference which alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. ICASA has been organized since 1990 to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS through an African continent free of HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the debilitating effects which these diseases have on our communities, where there is no stigma and discrimination against PLHIV and their families, and where social justice and equity to accessing treatment prevails.

So far ICASA has been hosted in (14) fourteen countries with more than 100,000 direct participants. The last ICASA was hosted in Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire in 2017 with 6030 delegates in attendance, 2327 selected abstracts and a total of 1588 scholarships awarded of which 901 were awarded from the ICASA International Secretariat and 687 from the Host Country.

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) through a biding process invited African countries to host the conference and some of the credentials were ; Strong Government support, financial commitment and political will to host the conference, Providing and financially supporting the Conference venue, providing scholarship for at least 300 local participants, security among others and Rwanda met the requirements. The SAA team met with H.E Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Health Minister prior to find out more about Rwanda’s capacity to host ICASA and the outcomes were good.

Meanwhile, Rwanda has made steadfast progress in fighting and combating HIV/AIDs, HIV prevalence has been maintained at 3 % for the past decade. Meanwhile new prevention inventions are inaugurated usually with the most recent being the oral self-testing method, the treat all HIV+ where people living with HIV are immediately enrolled on Antiretroviral Therapy. Other prevention measures include; scaling up of Voluntary Counselling and Testing services and placing mobile condom kiosks in high risk areas.

Of recent, Rwanda has played host to major global conference including; The AORTIC International Conference on Cancer in Africa and the 37th Global Fund Board meeting. At the 2017 ICASA Conference, Rwanda Biomedical Centre showcased the health sectors achievements while Rwanda Convention Bureau(RCB) showcased Rwanda’s capacity to host major conferences..

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For more information please contact:

Mr Luc Armand Bodea, ICASA 2019 Director, Permanent Sereatary of the Society for AIDS in AFRICA,

Tel: +233(0)302913739, Email: lucbodea@saafrica.org / info@saafrica.org www.saafrica.org

Mr Malick Kayumba, Rwanda Health Communication Center: Tel: +250 788 350 035, Email: malick.kayumba@rbc.gov.rw

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