The convening of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2021) in December 2021 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the African region’s HIV epidemic and the unique response to it. In an inclusive context, according to the 2020 Global Fund COVID 19 Funding report, the emergence of the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a catastrophic impact on the most vulnerable communities around the world and threatens progress made in mitigating the impact of HIV, TB and malaria globally. Through grant savings and reprogramming of HIV, TB and malaria programmes, over US$500 million has been allocated to the COVID-19 Response Mechanism. As such, this creates a gap in the fight to mitigate the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programmes, leading to fragile health systems being overwhelmed. A disease like COVID-19 threatens us all. However, we must not relent in our goal for an AIDS free Africa. It is imperative for the continent to rely on the dynamics of recent scientific advances, on a plea that will respond to a mobilization of internal and endogenous resources. The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for all working in the field of Health as well as leaders, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to end AIDS by 2030.
ICASA 2021 is organized with the government of host country which is committed to ensure that all conference delegates adhere to the Covid-19 safety and preventive protocols. The conference will be held from 6th to 11th December 2021. The Society for AIDS in Africa, the organizers of ICASA, with more than 5,000 members in 56 countries, is organizing ICASA 2021 in collaboration with its international and local partners. ICASA will be an important opportunity to share the benefits of such partnerships with other countries.
We are extremely pleased to partner with the host country Government, and various scientific and community leaders from host country, as well as from Africa and the world at large, with long and impressive histories of leadership on HIV. We look forward to a strong global partnership among science, leadership and community in building a conference programme that will speed up the end of the AIDS epidemic.
ICASA 2021 comes a year after the UNAIDS global 90-90-90 targets in 2020, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa offers an unique platform for Leaders, Activists, Scientists and Community to take stock of the challenges faced in achieving the UNAIDS global 95-95-95 targets and pave the way for an efficient innovation towards a generation without AIDS in Africa and to assess and improve the global frame work for ending AIDS by 2030 alongside defecting the COVID19 by learning the best practices.