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Coronavirus – SAA Solidarity with China

Press release – 13th February 2020 Embargo: none (for immediate release) Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) Prof John Idoko SAA President ICASA 2021 President The President, Professor John Idoko and the Board of the Society for AIDS in Africa are cognizant of the far reaching effects of the global outbreak of the Coronavirus and would like to express our solidarity and support to all who are affected directly or indirectly by the outbreak in Wuhan, China at large and the global community. We [...]

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Message on the occasion of Human Rights Day

10 December 2019 Winnie Byanyima Executive Director of UNAIDS Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Human rights are key to ending AIDS and have been at the heart of every struggle and every success we have had since the beginning of the epidemic. Without us demanding our human rights and the tireless call to ensure that human rights remain central to the AIDS response, we would not have more than 24 million people on treatment today and four in five people living with HIV would not know [...]

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Uganda Beats Kenya to Hosting International AIDS Conference

Minister Esther Mbayo addressing journalists at office of the President in Kampala Uganda has beaten neighbours Kenya to hosting the 21st edition of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) slated to take place from December 6th to 11th 2021. Uganda alongside four other African countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Tunisia) submitted bids to host the conference and were shortlisted. Following this shortlisting, registered members of the Society for AIDS in Africa voted for countries of [...]

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Luc Bodea, Director of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)

Conversations between the Afro-Diaspora & Africans Press Breakfast

Luc Bodea, Director of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) and the Coordinator of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), began his presentation by highlighting the focus of his position as Director of ICASA, to mitigate AIDS on the continent by 2030. He established that while this is his goal and priority, attention is also given to mitigating diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis and recently other emerging infectious diseases. Since 1990, there [...]

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Ms Phillipa Tucker, Director of Research Development and Resourcing, Accountability International

African governments told to improve tax for HIV control

Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Society for AIDS in Africa and Accountability International, an African Civil Society Organisation (CSO) have urged African governments to improve mobilisation of tax from citizens especially, middle to high income earners to control HIV infections. This will bridge the gap of 20 percent global funding for HIV, and help the continent to meet the UNAIDS 2020 and 2030 targets of fighting HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. The recommendation was given at a consultative meeting organised [...]

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Late President Robert Mogabe

LATE MUGABE AND HIS LEGACY ON HIV CONTROL IN ZIMBABWE

Robert Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first democratic leader after the country gained Britain in 1980. He is credited with formulating some of the policies that resulted in Zimbabwe making huge successes in many health and HIV issues in the country. One of his vision was to ensure all citizens had access to health services by 2020. He also aimed at decentralizing HIV services so that people could access ART at clinics close to their residential location. To this end, he [...]

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ICASA 2019 Programme Report

I would like on behalf of the Society for AIDS in Africa, the President of ICASA 2019, Prof John IDOKO and the Vice President, Dr. Diane Gashumba, Honourable Minister of health of Rwanda to express our gratitude and congratulate each member of the ICASA 2019 steering committee for their dedication and engagement to respond positively to the continent’s call in finalizing the upcoming ICASA 2019 programme. Despite the challenges of managing 3107 abstracts submitted and more than 2759 scholarships demanded for ICASA 2019, we have been [...]

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF ICASA 2021 PRESELECTED COUNTRIES

The Society for AIDS in Africa(SAA) would like to congratulate the 5 bidding countries for their interest in hosting the 21st edition of ICASA. All the bids were well packaged and very competitive. We are pleased to announce that Kenya and Uganda have been preselected by SAA paid members to proceed to the second stage of the selection process: Assessment visit. The final host country will be announced after the assessment visit and the hosting contract signed between the Society for AIDS in Africa and [...]

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late NAP Plus President, Emmanuel Suurkure Beluzebr

Minute of silence on behalf of the departed soul of Emmanuel Suurkure Beluzebr, NAP+ president

At the just ended ICASA 2019 Marathon Meeting with over 170 International Steering Committee members, a minute silence was called by the President of SAA and the Rwanda Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Hon. Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi in honour of the NAP+ president, Emmanuel Suurkure Beluzebr who died on 16th of August 2019.

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THE INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS MAKING HARD DECISIONS AT THE ICASA 2019 MARATHON MEETING

The International Steering Committeemembers met today, 21st of August 2019, at the Kigali Serena Hotel,Kigali Rwanda to develop the oral abstract sessions for the 2019 ICASAConference scheduled to hold from the 2nd to the 7th ofDecember 2019. The conference received 3,107 abstracts from 80 countries from all the continents including Austria, New Zealand, Isreal and the United States of America. Abstracts were received from 1,244females. Also, 777 abstracts written in French were received. Track A which is on Basic Science,received 227 abstracts; [...]

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