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.
For more information on SAA please visit www.saafrica.org.