Dr. Ron Simmons at the ICASA 2017 Marathon meeting in Côte D’Ivoire


The Society for AIDS in Africa, is saddened by the news of the passing of our dear friend and global HIV colleague, Isaiah Ronald Simmons (Ph.D.).  Dr.Simmons, as we called him, served on the International Steering Committee of ICASA 2017 Cote d’Ivoire under the Scientific programme committee and ICASA 2019 Rwanda under the Community Programme Committee. He also served as one of the numerous abstract reviewers. Dr. Simmons is also a founding member of the Global Network of Black People working in HIV. Dr.Simmons brought his professional experience of providing community based HIV services for more than 25 years with Key populations and his personal experience of living with HIV for more than 30 years to ICASA and enriched our discussions and deliberations as we planned the ICASA programme.

Indeed Dr. Simmons memory will remain with ICASA as one of the pioneers that helped ICASA to build the bridge between black community in USA and ICASA conference.

Dr. Simmons also served as the President/CEO of Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. A nonprofit community-based AIDS services organization that provided HIV prevention and support services to the African-American community in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. In 2018, he developed the Bodemé workshop, a sexual health intervention for young Black gay men, ages 16 to 29. He was a former member of the DC Regional Commission on Health and HIV.

On behalf of the SAA Executive Board, I wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Ronald Simmons. We lost one of our HIV activist warriors, may his soul rest in peace.

Luc Armand Bodea
ICASA Director/SAA Coordinator

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