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Nominations for Executive Council-elect May 2018- (Mandate 2018-2021) and Members of the Governing Board of SAA (Mandate 2018-December2021)

DEADLINE: 21st March 2018

In accordance with the SAA statutes, the Governing Board consists of fifteen members elect from the 5th zones of Africa The Governing Board, in accordance with the article 10.1of the Statutes, consists of the following members elected through an electronic ballot process:

  • Thirteen members elected by the membership at large
  • Two members nominated by the UN agencies.

Three members will be elected from each of the three regions: Three members will be elected, consisting the representative from each of the 3 regions: Eastern Africa, Western Africa and Southern Africa and Two members will be elected to represent the Central and Northern regions (SAA statute article 10.1) consisting the representative of the Central and Northern Regions (SAA statute article 10.1). The election will be conducted in the five constituencies during the same period.

Global representation and participation

As a true representative of a Pan-African organization, and a custodian of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), The Society for AIDS in Africa, needs energetic, committed and capable people from a variety of cultural and linguistic contexts to serve on its Governing Board. Business is conducted generally in English and French so competence in English or in French, is necessary to enable participation.

Being a member of the Governing Board can be time-consuming and challenging as the Board strives to promote HIV/AIDS research and advocacy, to respond to the pandemic in Africa. It is also rewarding, because of the stimulating opportunity to work with colleagues from different regions and cultures.

GOVERNING BOARD

The SAA Governing Board is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of the SAA, within guidelines approved by the General Assembly (SAA Statutes Articles 10.2). It establishes priorities, has oversight of SAA’s activities and approves budgets and the annual accounts. It is focused on strategic issues and provides guidance to the President, Secretary General, and other officers.

The elected members of the Governing Board serve for a term of four years and may stand for a further consecutive of four years only.

Six members of the Governing Board are elected by the Board, to be the SAA Executive: the

President, Vice President, Secretary General, deputy Secretary General, Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer of SAA. The President may ask a member of the Governing Board, to represent SAA at key conferences or other meetings, to ensure that the SAA’s voice is heard. Funding assistance from SAA, is available under such circumstances.

Members of the Governing Board are expected to make themselves available, usually at no cost to the Society, to fulfill Board responsibilities which include the requirement to meet on one occasion each year. At the ICASA Conference there are two meetings: one on the day before the ICASA starts and one on the day after the Conference ends. SAA covers the hotel costs for these meetings. Some additional limited travel assistance may be available under special circumstances. Business may be conducted in between meetings by email and teleconference.

A Candidate for one of the thirteen elected places on the Governing Board has to be SAA’s paid member for the three consecutive years (2015-2016-2017). Each candidate must have valid nomination by SAA members.

The current President elect, who has completed his tenure of office in December 2017 will not seek for another mandate. Governing Board members currently in their 2nd term are not eligible for nomination. The successful candidates for these positions places on the Governing Board, will serve for four years, from commencing on May 2018 until December 2021. Those elected for the first time will then be eligible for re- election for a final, second term of four years (2022-2025).

THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The President-elect and the executive Council serve in this role, for four years.

The President leads the Society and its board. The President represents SAA and the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) at government and allied industries, international and national organizations and bodies. The President chairs the Governing Board and presides over General Assembly meetings which are held at the biannual ICASA Conference. The Presidency involves a significant amount of travelling (some 50 days a year) for meetings, making keynote speeches and generally representing SAA and the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). As only limited SAA funding is available to assist in some of these travels, the President must have strong ability to mobilize funds and other support. The President works closely with the Secretary General and the Treasurer. He is a full member of the governing board.

The four year term of office as Executive members elect, provides an opportunity to identify priorities to be pursued on assuming the presidency. The Executive members work closely with the SAA Permanent Secretariat and deputize for the President as required, for example, to represent the SAA or chair meetings. The Executive members serve in that role for four years. The term of office, as Executive Members, provide an opportunity to identify priorities to be pursued on assuming the presidency. The Executive Members works closely with the President, Secretary General and Treasurer. The Six Executive Members are elected by the Governing board.

Consequently, the position of Executive Members also involves a significant amount of travelling, speaking commitments and representation and therefore, demands strong ability to mobilize funds and other support. The Executive Members are full members of the Governing Board.

All the present Governing Board members are eligible for nomination, except the current Presidentelect, Dr Ihab Ahmed, the deputy  Secretary General, Dr Enock Omonge and Mrs Lois Chingandu as governing board member

 

WHO MAY BE NOMINATED?  

  • The candidate must be educated at least to second degree level in Human/Medical/Behavioral or Social sciences (in a relevant field of study).
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 5 years work experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, STIs, Sexual &Reproductive Health or other related issues.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 5 publications in a relevant field of work.
  • The candidate should be able to make available, the names and contacts of 3 referees who have had working relationship with the candidate at some point.
  • The candidate should have attended a minimum of 3 ICASAs, and this should be justified by ICASA certificate of participation.
  • The candidate should have paid his SAA membership fees for at least 3 consecutive years.

 

HOW DO I NOMINATE A CANDIDATE?  

To nominate a candidate for election to the Governing Board:

  • The authorized signatory of an Association Member or an Institutional Member of SAA, may nominate candidates and vote in the elections. The authorized signatory, is the individual who is listed in SAA’s records as the organization’s highest official and whose name appears on SAA membership master list.
  • Honorary Fellows may nominate candidates and vote in the elections; or
  • Institutional Affiliates may also nominate candidates for these positions, but may not vote in the elections.
  • Send the letter of nomination attached with the resume of the candidate to : Boardnomination@saafrica.org Please note:
  • There is no restriction, on the number of candidates you may nominate for these positions.
  • Nominations should be done according to your zone (Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Western Africa, Southern Africa, and Northern Africa zone)
  • You should ensure that your nominee is willing to stand. Formal confirmation from each candidate will be sought, together with a statement, once the nomination for that candidate is received.

The following table sets out who may nominate and who may vote in the ensuing election.

  May nominate May vote in the  election
Authorised signatories of association members*

Authorised signatories of institutional members*

Hononary fellows

Individual Affiliates ( personal)

yes

yes

yes

Yes

yes

yes

yes

Yes

 

Individual Affiliates (Students)*

Institutional Affiliates

 

yes

yes

No

No

* Only if they have paid their membership fees in full for 2017 and are not in arrears

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE

Nominations must reach SAA Headquarters ON or BEFORE Wednesday, 21st March 2018. No late nominations will be accepted.

ELECTIONS

  • In accordance with the Statutes, the elections will be conducted by electronic ballot. Only those eligible Voting Members, as set out in the above table, will be entitled to vote. Institutional & Individual Affiliates (Student) are not entitled to vote in these elections.
  • It is expected that the ballot will take place, from 29 March to 30th April 2018, which mean 5 weeks between the open of voting portal and the closing date of the voting portal.
  • The results will be announced on SAA’s Website on 2nd May 2018.
  • The elected Governing Board members will be invited to SAA HQ in Ghana to elect the Executive board on May 7th to 9th

These elections are extremely important for the future governance of SAA. Please consider whether you wish to nominate candidates for the Governing Board.

Yours sincerely

Dr IHAB AHMED
SAA President

 

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INVITATIONAL BID TO HOST THE 20th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIV/AIDS AND STI’s IN AFRICA (ICASA 2021) http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/invitational-bid-to-host-the-20th-international-conference-on-hiv-aids-and-stis-in-africa-icasa-2021/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/invitational-bid-to-host-the-20th-international-conference-on-hiv-aids-and-stis-in-africa-icasa-2021/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:38:29 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3536 FROM THE LEFT, MR. LUC BODEA (SAA COORDINATOR/ICASA DIRECTOR), DR. IHAB AHMED ABDELRAHMAN (SAA PRESIDENT/ICASA 2017 PRESIDENT) & DR. DIANE GASHUMBA (MINISTER OF HEALTH, RWANDA, HOST COUNTRY OF ICASA 2019) The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)... Read more

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FROM THE LEFT, MR. LUC BODEA (SAA COORDINATOR/ICASA DIRECTOR), DR. IHAB AHMED ABDELRAHMAN (SAA PRESIDENT/ICASA 2017 PRESIDENT) & DR. DIANE GASHUMBA (MINISTER OF HEALTH, RWANDA, HOST COUNTRY OF ICASA 2019)

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) hereby Represented by its President; Dr. Ihab Ahmed, invites African countries wishing to host the 20th  International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STIs in Africa in 2021 (ICASA 2021) to send in their application bid document to the SAA Secretariat in Accra- Ghana. Closing date for submission of Application 3rd September 2018.

ICASA 2021 will be the 20th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and STI’s in Africa to be organized by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA).

Any African country is eligible to be considered to host ICASA. However, certain criteria must be fulfilled to qualify for selection.

The procedure for application is as follows:

STEP 1

Interested country should submit a bid document of intent to the SAA Secretariat backed up with detailed proof of evidence of the following information:

  1. Strong Government support: financial commitment and political will to host the conference.
    -Provide and financially support the Conference venue: Capacity of Plenary rooms: 5000 seats with at least 7 break way rooms with capacity from 1500 to 150 seats.
    -Provide financial support for the local Secretariat that will be working with the International secretariat.
    -Provide Scholarship for at least 300 local Participants.
  2. Availability of standard hotels to accommodate up to 10,000 participants as well as conference venue(s) with standard conference facilities.
  3. Good transportation network within the country.
  4. Good tele-communication network within country with links with other African countries and international communities.
  5. Presence of cohorts of scientific, leadership, civil societies, organized groups of PLHIV, private sector, youth organizations oriented towards HIV/AIDS related activities.
  6. Easy access by air and by road where needed.
  7. Recognizable presence of Government organ/body responsible for HIV/AIDS coordination in the country.
  8. Good security network to guarantee participants’ safety.
  9. Guarantee easy visa facilities and assistance to conference participants and no restriction to entry for PLHIV, MSM and other minorities group.
  10. Political stability.
  11. No discriminatory government policies based on gender, HIV status and religion.

The detailed bid document of intent backed up with evidence should reach the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) Permanent Secretariat both by email, attachments and by courier services to the SAA President:

Society for AIDS in AFRICA
SAA Permanent Secretariat Accra
P.O. Box 2072
Plot Container 58 Otano Estates,
Behind NHTC, Adjiringano
EAST LEGON
Mob: (+ 233) 54 37 48 78 1 or (+233) 26 89 21 58 2
Office Line: (+ 233) 30 29 13 73 9
ICASA2021bid@saafrica.org
www.saafrica.org
Accra- Ghana

STEP 2

(a) Submitted applications will be evaluated by Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) Council members whereby 2 countries will be preselected, based on meeting the criteria as listed in Step 1.

(b) Assessment visit will conducted by 2 or 3 SAA’s Council members to the 2 preselected countries. The preselected countries will invite SAA for the two days assessment visit before 22nd October to 27th October 2018

Please note:

  1. The process of preselection will be concluded by the latest 1st to 6th October 2018 followed by the notification to the 2 countries.
  2. After SAA Council members’ deliberation the host country of ICASA 2021 will be notified on the 2nd November 2018 followed by a press communiqué/release.
  3. Prior to final selection of the host country of ICASA 2021, and before a notification letter will be sent to the host  country,  an MOU will be signed between the selected country and Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) the custodian of ICASA.
  4. SAA President is ICASA 2021 Chair; the host country will appoint a Co-chair for ICASA 2021 in consultation with SAA. The Council reserves the right to revoke the h
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AFRICAN ADVOCATES NEED TO ADVOCATE DIFFERENTLY FOR BIOMEDICAL HIV PREVENTION RESEARCH http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/african-advocates-need-to-advocate-differently-for-biomedical-hiv-prevention-research-2/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/african-advocates-need-to-advocate-differently-for-biomedical-hiv-prevention-research-2/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:07:07 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3532 By Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society The 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum – popularly known by its acronym ‘BHPF’ - has come and gone. The one day forum that held as a pre-conference on the... Read more

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By Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan
New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society

The 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum – popularly known by its acronym ‘BHPF’ – has come and gone. The one day forum that held as a pre-conference on the 3rd of December 2017 during the ICASA conference, sent a clear message to the over 173 pre-conference participants: advocacy for biomedical HIV prevention research in sub-Saharan Africa has to be done differently. Speaker after speaker at the conference identified why and how to make the needed difference in the continent.

First, it was clear that adolescents need to be reached through new and unconventional ways. Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health needs are not the same – no one cap size fits all. Their sexual and reproductive health needs is not always related to poverty. One common feature to them all however is their low perception of risk for HIV infection and pregnancy. Patricia Jeckonia of LVCT Health, Kenya, highlighted during her presentation, that low level of knowledge on HIV transmission and prevention, and on sexual and reproductive health issues was a challenge for adolescents on the continent and so is the unsupportive legal and policy environment; and their minimum involvement in planning and implementing HIV response that addresses their needs.

Chim Mubanga from Zambia readily identified with these barriers. He appreciated the need for and importance of parents. However, he strongly advocated for adolescents to be actively involved with the design and implementation of programmes that affects them and asked that parents recognize this needs and support their independence to make those critical decision. As a young person himself, he knows and had lived through the negative impact these limitations as a vulnerable individual.

Second, speakers at the conference identified the need to invest in the development of and access to new HIV prevention tools. Nyaradzo Mgodi shared with participants, the potential impact the HIV prevention tools in development will have on the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. HIV vaccines, microbicides developed for anal and vagina use, and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis developed as injectables. All these increase the range of options available for HIV prevention. One can choose and pick from a multitude of armamentarium that will be available.

HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available now – a tool able to reduce the risk of HIV infection in 99% of persons who put the pill in the mouth and swallow it daily said Tian Johnson – a PrEP user himself. Cindra Feuer of AVAC noted that PrEP works well for both men and women. It is however more forgiving for men as men who miss their daily doses are less likely to contract HIV infection than women. Kenya is working assiduously to fast-track access of PrEP to all persons at substantial risk of HIV. Mercy Kamau of Jhpiego described how the country developed its national PrEP roll-out programme using the Human Centred Design to ensure engagement of all stakeholders in the design and implementation of the programme. Kenya is the first country in Africa rolling out PrEP to adolescents and young women and ensuring country wide access of the product.

Finally, the conference came to an end with a sober reflection on advocacy tools available to advocates on the continent which remains under-utilised. Olayide Akanni of Journalists against AIDS, Nigeria showed clearly that as advocates, the Abuja +12 declaration, the AU Catalyst framework for HIV and AIDS are instruments in the region with which we can hold our governments accountable and actionable to invest in biomedical HIV research and ensure access to newly developed tools as a means to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Also, the Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum, AIDS Watch Africa, NEPAD, Africa Centre for Disease Control, the Regional economic bodies and various regional initiatives (office of the first ladies, regional parliamentary bodies, Africa civil society networks and Cross border HIV Prevention Initiatives) are all structures that have declared commitment to the 2030 global HIV goals and should be held accountable to their commitments and promises.

To make headway on HIV prevention research advocacy in Africa, all speakers seem to identify the need to advocate for HIV prevention as a component of comprehensive health access. We cannot advocate for HIV prevention as a silo programme Pauline Irungu kept emphasizing. We can achieve more and make significant progress if we push for health care financing with HIV prevention as an integral component of comprehensive health care delivery. Domestic financing for health care for Africans is the way to go.

Going forward, our HIV prevention programming in Africa, including investment for the development of new biomedical HIV prevention tools, should be based on evidence – the nature of the epidemic, approaches that work, data on priority /key populations. Advocates need to push for National plans that achieve scale and coverage with involvement of the people to make determinations about their needs.

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AFRICAN ADVOCATES NEED TO ADVOCATE DIFFERENTLY FOR BIOMEDICAL HIV PREVENTION RESEARCH http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/african-advocates-need-to-advocate-differently-for-biomedical-hiv-prevention-research/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/african-advocates-need-to-advocate-differently-for-biomedical-hiv-prevention-research/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:54:37 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3527 By Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society The 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum – popularly known by its acronym ‘BHPF’ - has come and gone. The one day forum that held as a pre-conference on the... Read more

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By Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan
New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society

The 2017 Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum – popularly known by its acronym ‘BHPF’ – has come and gone. The one day forum that held as a pre-conference on the 3rd of December 2017 during the ICASA conference, sent a clear message to the over 173 pre-conference participants: advocacy for biomedical HIV prevention research in sub-Saharan Africa has to be done differently. Speaker after speaker at the conference identified why and how to make the needed difference in the continent.

First, it was clear that adolescents need to be reached through new and unconventional ways. Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health needs are not the same – no one cap size fits all. Their sexual and reproductive health needs is not always related to poverty. One common feature to them all however is their low perception of risk for HIV infection and pregnancy. Patricia Jeckonia of LVCT Health, Kenya, highlighted during her presentation, that low level of knowledge on HIV transmission and prevention, and on sexual and reproductive health issues was a challenge for adolescents on the continent and so is the unsupportive legal and policy environment; and their minimum involvement in planning and implementing HIV response that addresses their needs.

Chim Mubanga from Zambia readily identified with these barriers. He appreciated the need for and importance of parents. However, he strongly advocated for adolescents to be actively involved with the design and implementation of programmes that affects them and asked that parents recognize this needs and support their independence to make those critical decision. As a young person himself, he knows and had lived through the negative impact these limitations as a vulnerable individual.

Second, speakers at the conference identified the need to invest in the development of and access to new HIV prevention tools. Nyaradzo Mgodi shared with participants, the potential impact the HIV prevention tools in development will have on the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. HIV vaccines, microbicides developed for anal and vagina use, and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis developed as injectables. All these increase the range of options available for HIV prevention. One can choose and pick from a multitude of armamentarium that will be available.

HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available now – a tool able to reduce the risk of HIV infection in 99% of persons who put the pill in the mouth and swallow it daily said Tian Johnson – a PrEP user himself. Cindra Feuer of AVAC noted that PrEP works well for both men and women. It is however more forgiving for men as men who miss their daily doses are less likely to contract HIV infection than women. Kenya is working assiduously to fast-track access of PrEP to all persons at substantial risk of HIV. Mercy Kamau of Jhpiego described how the country developed its national PrEP roll-out programme using the Human Centred Design to ensure engagement of all stakeholders in the design and implementation of the programme. Kenya is the first country in Africa rolling out PrEP to adolescents and young women and ensuring country wide access of the product.

Finally, the conference came to an end with a sober reflection on advocacy tools available to advocates on the continent which remains under-utilised. Olayide Akanni of Journalists against AIDS, Nigeria showed clearly that as advocates, the Abuja +12 declaration, the AU Catalyst framework for HIV and AIDS are instruments in the region with which we can hold our governments accountable and actionable to invest in biomedical HIV research and ensure access to newly developed tools as a means to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. Also, the Africa Partnership and Coordination Forum, AIDS Watch Africa, NEPAD, Africa Centre for Disease Control, the Regional economic bodies and various regional initiatives (office of the first ladies, regional parliamentary bodies, Africa civil society networks and Cross border HIV Prevention Initiatives) are all structures that have declared commitment to the 2030 global HIV goals and should be held accountable to their commitments and promises.

To make headway on HIV prevention research advocacy in Africa, all speakers seem to identify the need to advocate for HIV prevention as a component of comprehensive health access. We cannot advocate for HIV prevention as a silo programme Pauline Irungu kept emphasizing. We can achieve more and make significant progress if we push for health care financing with HIV prevention as an integral component of comprehensive health care delivery. Domestic financing for health care for Africans is the way to go.

Going forward, our HIV prevention programming in Africa, including investment for the development of new biomedical HIV prevention tools, should be based on evidence – the nature of the epidemic, approaches that work, data on priority /key populations. Advocates need to push for National plans that achieve scale and coverage with involvement of the people to make determinations about their needs.

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Rwanda to host the 20th Edition of International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/rwanda-to-host-the-20th-edition-of-international-conference-on-aids-and-stis-in-africa-icasa/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/rwanda-to-host-the-20th-edition-of-international-conference-on-aids-and-stis-in-africa-icasa/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:45:36 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3521 Cross section of SAA Board Members with the President of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame and Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda   The Society for AIDS in Africa was established in Kinshasa in October 1990 during the... Read more

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Cross section of SAA Board Members with the President of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame and Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda

 

The Society for AIDS in Africa was established in Kinshasa in October 1990 during the 5thInternational Conference on AIDS and Associated Cancers in Africa, a precursor to the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). The formation of the Society for

AIDS in Africa, which was facilitated by the (W.H.O) to encourage the African continent to host international conferences on HIV/AIDS, a disease whose scourge has hardest hit the continent. This move encourages and empowers Africans to directly address and respond to the challenges posed by the HIV and AIDS pandemic on the continent.

The Society envisions an HIV free Africa with capacity to confront all related consequences and diseases. The Society enables a positive environment for research on HIV and related diseases. The Society for AIDS in AFRICA (SAA) is governed by an Executive Council drawn from South, North, East, West and Central Africa. SAA collaborates with AFRICASO, SAFAIDS, SWAA, NAP+, and Network of Youth in Africa and enjoy the support of the UN- System, as well as various International organizations, including the International AIDS Society (IAS)

Since its inception, SAA has successfully organized 19 International Conferences on HIV /AIDS and STIs in 14 Africa countries.
The 2017 International Conference on AIDS STIs was held in Abidjan – Cote d’Ivoire, under the theme “Africa: Ending AIDS – Delivering differently”. Over 6000 delegates from Africa and other regions of the world convened in Cote d’Ivoire.

On 6th December, 2017, in Abidjan, during ICASA 2017 the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, the Minister of Health of Rwanda in the presence of ICASA 2017 President and the ICASA Director and other Executive Board Members, the right to host the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs was conferred to Rwanda. Rwanda’s selection was a result of a rigorous evaluation of 3 countries to host ICASA 2019.

With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Minister of Health and SAA with the strong support of the Rwandan Government, Dr. Ihab Ahmed, SAA President, officially declared Rwanda as the next host country of the  20th edition of ICASA, ICASA 2019!

We are conscious of the momentous task ahead as the host country prepare for ICASA. We are optimistic that the Government of Rwanda with the good people of this country through ICASA 2019, will further motivate all African countries Governments, the International community to devote more attention, and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other health related issues in Africa with the aims to end AIDS by 2030.

We are hereby appealing to all to closely follow the unveiling program of ICASA 2019 and to lend your support to Rwanda, so that ICASA 2019 reflects lessons learnt that will further the new direction of the SDG strategies to move Africa towards stronger Health systems, and the elimination of HIV, TB and Malaria.

From the left, Mr. Luc Bodea, Director of ICASA, Dr. Ihab Ahmed, SAA President & Hon. Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA was founded in 1989 at the fourth International Symposium on AIDS and Associated Cancers in Africa (now ICASA) held in Marseille, France by a group of African scientists, activists and advocates in response to this epidemic. SAA envisions and African continent free of HIV, TB and malaria and their debilitating effects on communal and societal structures, where people are socially and economically empowered to live product lives in dignity. For more information on SAA please visit www.saafrica.org.

Luc Armand Bodea
Permanent Secretariat
Society For AIDS In Africa
Contact: (+233) 54 3748781 / (030) 2913739
Email: lucbodea@saafrica.org/info@saafrica.org
Accra-Ghana

 

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ICASA LOINCLOTH http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/icasa-loincloth/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/icasa-loincloth/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:29:57 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3444 To immortalize the event, a loincloth with the effigy of ICASA Was made at the initiative of the Minister of Health Dr. Raymonde GOUDOU COFFIE Vice President of ICASA 2017 This loincloth is on sale at the General Directorate of Health (DGS)... Read more

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To immortalize the event, a loincloth with the effigy of ICASA

Was made at the initiative of the Minister of

Health Dr. Raymonde GOUDOU COFFIE Vice President of ICASA 2017

This loincloth is on sale at the General Directorate of Health (DGS) and the funds

collected will be used to support actions against AIDS.

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Dr Abdou PADANE http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/dr-abdou-padane/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/dr-abdou-padane/#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:04:53 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3434 Dr Abdou PADANE was born on 24 April 1982 in Kaolack. 2003-2009: Pharmaceutical studies Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar Option: Biology 2011: Doctorate in Pharmacy 2012: University Diploma in Retrovirology 2013: Master in... Read more

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Dr Abdou PADANE was born on 24 April 1982 in Kaolack.

2003-2009: Pharmaceutical studies Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar

Option: Biology

2011: Doctorate in Pharmacy

2012: University Diploma in Retrovirology

2013: Master in Immunology and Infections Diseases

2009-2016: Research assistant in the immunology unit of CHUN Aristide Le Dantec, in the tuberculosis vaccine trials (projects MVA85A and TBO21), EBOLA (EBOVAC project) and studies of correlates for protection against tuberculosis.

 2016-Now: Research Assistant in Vaccinology at the Institute of Health Research of Epidemiological Surveillance and Trainings (IRESSEF, in french).

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Nodjikouambaye Zita Aleyo http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/nodjikouambaye-zita-aleyo/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/nodjikouambaye-zita-aleyo/#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 16:01:39 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3430 Born on May 1989 in Moundou, Chadian nationality. Basically, Zita holds a Baccalaureate D-Series in 2008, enabling her to graduate and obtain Bachelor's degree in Medical Biology at National Institute of Health Science Training in Bamako, Mali in... Read more

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Born on May 1989 in Moundou, Chadian nationality. Basically, Zita holds a Baccalaureate D-Series in 2008, enabling her to graduate and obtain
Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology at National Institute of Health Science Training in Bamako, Mali in 2012.

During her first master’s degree in 2015, Zita worked on biological monitoring of people living with HIV during four years at University Hospital Center, Yalgado Ouedraogo in Ouagadougou. For her second master’s degree in 2017, she worked on High Acceptability of Self-collected Genital Secretions by Intravaginal Veil for HPV Testing and HIV, HBV and HCV Prevalences among Childbearing-aged Women Living in Chad.

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Ms. Idah Mokhele http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/ms-idah-mokhele/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/ms-idah-mokhele/#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 15:56:22 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3427 I am a Researcher with the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO), a division of the Wits Health Consortium of the University of the Witwatersrand. I have an MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of the... Read more

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I am a Researcher with the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO), a division of the Wits Health Consortium of the University of the Witwatersrand. I have an MSc in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of the Witwatersrand, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in public Health from Maastricht University. Before recently focusing on an academic career for my PhD, I managed donor funded HIV programmes including overseeing sub-award grants to partners implementing HIV prevention programmes at community level. My work as a researcher at HE2RO involves research projects evaluating the national HIV program in South Africa.

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ACAKPO Sidoine Amélé Carmélita http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/acakpo-sidoine-amele-carmelita/ http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/acakpo-sidoine-amele-carmelita/#respond Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:11:03 +0000 http://icasa2017cotedivoire.org/?p=3461 Born in Cotonou , November 14, 1992, ACAKPO Sidoine Amélé Carmélita is a Beninese who studied basic psychology at the University of Abomey Calavi in Benin. As psychologist, she is currently working with the NGO Optima Benin and the Pediatrics... Read more

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Born in Cotonou , November 14, 1992, ACAKPO Sidoine Amélé Carmélita is a Beninese who studied basic psychology at the University of Abomey Calavi in Benin. As psychologist, she is currently working with the NGO Optima Benin and the Pediatrics Department of the Armed Forces Hospital of Cotonou as a clinical psychologist and research assistant in social and human science.

She is very committed to all community-based support for vulnerable groups in general and especially to families affected by HIV and is coordinating word groups and community advisory group with professionalism and dedication. Qualities repeatedly recognized by his peers during different scientific meetings.

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