SAA MOURNS THE LATE CYRIAQUE YAPO AKOadmin
As the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the organizers of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) plans its 21st Edition of ICASA (ICASA 2021) in Durban, South Africa, from 6th – 11th December 2021, 8 years after ICASA 2013 in Cape Town, the Society for AIDS in Africa is deeply saddened by the death of late Cyriaque Yapo Ako.
The Late Cyriaque Yapo Ako was an openly gay activist and HIV-positive survivor for 24 years who championed the cause of advocacy for achieving access, equity and rights entailed in re-politicizing the debate on HIV/AIDS. He had been an active advocate for the rights of people living with HIV (PLHIV), sexual minorities as well as scaling up of services for prevention, treatment, care and support of HIV. He was one of the opening ceremony speakers at ICASA 2013 South Africa (Capetown) where he gave the welcome remarks from the Community.
The Board, the Permanent Secretariat of SAA and the entire community of Africa express their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cyriaque Yapo Ako. His zest for life and positivism as well as his extensive experience and drive for activism on the African continent will be missed.