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, SA-FAIDS, 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 18 International Conferences on HIV /AIDS and STIs in 14 Africa countries. The 2015 International Conference on AIDS and STIs was held in Harare – Zimbabwe, under the theme ‘’ AIDS in post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human rights’’. Over 5400 delegate from Africa and other regions of the world was convened to Zimbabwe.

On the 29th of June 2016, in Abidjan, at the offices of the   Cote D’Ivoire Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the right to host the 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs was conferred to Cote D’Ivoire. Cote D’Ivoire’s selection was a result of a rigorous evaluation of 3 countries including Cote D’Ivoire to host ICASA 2015.

With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Minister of Health and Public Hygiene and SAA with the strong support of the Cote D’Ivoire Government, it is my pleasure to officially declare Cote D’Ivoire as the next host country of 19th edition of ICASA, ICASA 2017!

We are conscious of the momentous task ahead as the host country prepare for ICASA.  We are sure that the Government of Cote D’Ivoire with the good people of this country through ICASA 2017, will further motivate all African countries Governments, 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 follow closely the unveiling program of ICASA 2017 and to lend your support to Cote D’Ivoire, so that ICASA 2017 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.

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.

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ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION WILL BE OPEN ON 1st March 2017 and Last day for Submission 30th April 2017,

Themes for abstract submission:


  • Drugs: Public Health or Law Enforcement Issue?
  • Treatment, The Successful Way
  • Harm Reduction a Successful Way
  • International Cooperation
  • Services for Young People
  • Services for Active Drug Users
  • Services for Women
  • Harm Reduction on Law Enforcement
  • Addictions
  • Families
  • New Psychoactive Substances
  • Prevention Programs


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Over 600 participants from 58 countries attended the First European conference on addictive behaviors and dependencies held in Lisbon in 2015. The conference sold out several months before the event. Selected presentations and posters are still available on the conference website.

Following this success, the organizers have decided to launch Lisbon Addictions 2017, which will take place in the Lisboa Congress Centre (a new venue, which can accommodate up to 850 participants), from 24 to 26 October 2017.

Once again, the conference will be jointly organized by the Portuguese General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies (SICAD), the journal Addiction, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE).

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The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. It brings together over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries.

This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world.

Registration will open in the Spring of 2017.

London, United Kingdom, and Montréal, QC, Canada, March 21st 2016 – Harm Reduction International (HRI) and The Association des intervenants en dépendance du Québec (AIDQ), with the support of the Direction de la santé publique (DSP) of the Healthcare and Social Services Ministry (Québec) and Tourisme Montréal, are pleased to announce that the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference will be hosted in Montréal from May 14th to 17th 2017.

Held once every two years in a different country around the world, the International Harm Reduction Conference has become the global focal point for knowledge-sharing, networking and promoting best practice in the field of harm reduction. The conference is attended by up to 1000 delegates from over 70 countries, including medical and policy experts, harm reduction practitioners, campaigners, and people who use drugs.

For Québec, and for Canada as a whole, this major event will be an exceptional opportunity for local, regional and national community groups, healthcare and social services stakeholders, and the wider population, to learn about progress and innovation around the world, and to share their own expertise and experience with a global audience.

2017 is a notable year for Montréal, as the city will be celebrating its 375th anniversary.

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SSDP2017 will bring more than 400 student members, alumni, and supporters to Portland, Oregon March 24-26 for our annual gathering featuring:

  • Educational programming. The core conference program will include prominent keynote speakers and panels addressing the hottest topics in policy, harm reduction, leadership, organizing, and advocacy.
  • Awards Ceremony + Dance Party. SSDP recognizes outstanding network members with an annual awards ceremony followed by a dance party.
  • Student Congress. Our annual student board member election and governing resolution process invites all SSDP members to participate in defining their SSDP.
  • And more. An alumni gathering, regional meetups, networking meals, and other events offer nearly non-stop opportunities to connect with advocates and leaders of the drug policy reform movement.

The HepHIV2017 is the second European conference to bring together the fields of HIV and viral hepatitis on earlier diagnosis of the two related conditions.
HIV in Europe has had a long lasting aim of improving testing and linkage to care, and in addition to 2017 marking 10 years of HIV in Europe it is also the final year of the OptTEST by HiE project. The various work packages in OptTEST have been working on different areas of improving testing and linkage to care, and results from what they have been working on will be presented during the HepHIV 2017 Conference.
All registrations and abstract submissions for the conference must be submitted through the online registration system. Before you can register, you need to create a conference profile from which you can enter the registration system.