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ICASA 2017 Abstract book distribution.

As part of Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) Strategic Plan (2017- 2021) of building capacities of health professionals and members of Non-Governmental institutions (including religious and community based institutions) on the vision of task shifting in Africa in collaboration with medical schools or health training institution in order to empowering communities with no stigma or discrimination against PLHIV, key populations and their families. Abstract books from International Conference AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2017 were distributed to [...]



The International Steering Committee members met today, 21st of August 2019, at the Kigali Serena Hotel, Kigali Rwanda to develop the oral abstract sessions for the 2019 ICASA Conference scheduled to hold from the 2nd to the 9th of December 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 1,244 females. Also, 777 abstracts written in French were received. Track A which is on Basic Science, received 227 [...]

of (From right to left), Dr. Namunda Chintu, SAA treasurer Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, The Coordinator for Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and ICASA Director, Dr. Samantha Gateretse, Marketing Manager, Rwanda Convention Bureau and Mr. Aziel Gangerdine, Director of Communications, HIV Vaccines Trials Network (HVTN)


The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), organisers of International Conference on AIDS & STI’s in Africa (ICASA) held a press conference at the just-ended International AIDS Society (IAS) conference 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. The press conference provided an update on the progress in preparation towards ICASA 2019 from the Government of Rwanda where all logistics are in place to welcome over 10,000 delegates. The panel who addressed participants at the press conference was made up of (From right to left), Dr. Namunda Chintu, [...]


ICASA 2019 Solidarity Message At The 3rd Southern African Regional Students And Youth Conference On Sexual Reproductive Health (SARSYC) Zambia 2019

The 3rd Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SARSYC) was held from 10th-13th July 2019 at the Cresta Golf View hotel in Lusaka, Zambia. The event organised under the theme; Plan, Prioritise and Prevent, brought together 250 students, young people, stakeholders to dialogue and share best practices on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights as well as HIV response in Southern Africa. The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the organiser of International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) was represented by [...]

Luc Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director and Karin Siebelt, Project Manager of 13th INTEREST Conference 2019

SAA booth attracts many delegates of the 13th INTEREST Conference

The 13th HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis, and Prevention Research in Resource-Limited Settings Conference known as the the INTEREST Conference is currently underway at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra Ghana. The annual conference brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis, and prevention research in Africa to share important discoveries, enhance partnerships, and share experiences across several fields in different many continents to help tackle challenges with HIV. Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the organiser of ICASA collaborated [...]


2nd ISC Meeting – Kigali, Rwanda

The 2nd International Steering Committee (ISC) meeting for ICASA 2019 was held in Kigali Last Week on 28th and 29th March 2019. The honorable Minister of Health, Rwanda who is also ICASA 2019 Vice President Dr. Diane Gashumba during the 2nd International steering committee meeting visited the community programme working group, the leadership programme working group and the scientific programme working group and encouraged them to be innovative and propose sessions that can help the continent to respond efficiently towards ending the pandemic of HIV in Africa and [...]


Healthcare providers should discuss U=U with all their HIV-positive patients

Healthcare providers should inform all patients with HIV they cannot transmit HIV to a sexual partner when their viral load is undetectable, argue the authors of  a strongly worded comment in The Lancet HIV. The authors note that despite overwhelming scientific data supporting the undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) message, significant numbers of healthcare providers do not educate their patients about U=U when telling them their viral load is undetectable. “Providers caring for patients with HIV should universally inform their patients about U=U [...]


UNAIDS is greatly encouraged by news of a possible cure of an HIV-positive man

SEATTLE/GENEVA, 5 March 2019—UNAIDS is greatly encouraged by the news that an HIV-positive man has been functionally cured of HIV. The man was treated by specialists at University College London and Imperial College London for advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016 using stem cell transplants from a donor who carried a rare genetic mutation. Researchers report that HIV has been undetectable in the man since he stopped taking antiretroviral medicine 18 months ago. “To find a cure for HIV is the ultimate dream,” [...]

staff retreat

Atelier de renforcement des capacités du personnel de la SAA

La Société Africaine Anti-Sida (SAA) a organisé un atelier de renforcement des capacités de son personnel du 13 au 16 Décembre 2018 à la Villa Cisneros à Sogakope, Ghana. Le discours d’ouverture a été prononcé par l’hon. Dr David P. Parirenyatwa, ancien Ministre de la Santé du Zimbabwe et actuel vice-président de la SAA. Lire la suite >>