ICASA 2013

ICASA Pre- Conference Announcement

“Making Sense of Science”

Civil Society Engaging the Scientific Community for Research

Date: December 6 2013

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 2nd floor meeting room 2.6

Theme: Now More than Ever Targeting Zero New Infections by Investing in New Prevention Technologies



The Society for AIDS in Africa [SAA] is organizing the 17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually transmitted diseases in Africa [ICASA] in Cape Town, South Africa, in December 2013. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. Given the urgency of the issue about 10,000 delegates are expected, comprising of the world’s leading scientists, policy makers, activists, PLHIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – to join the debate on how to achieve this vision.


World AIDS Campaign, the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), and Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS), Nigeria in collaboration with International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and AVAC will host a one-day forum prior to the ICASA on Friday, 6th December 2013.



To advance dialogue between civil society and the scientific community, towards a stronger voice on NPTs among civil society and communities in Africa. This, we hope, will contribute to generating support in the design and implementation of HIV Prevention Research as well as for programming on already proven methods as key entry points for ‘Zero New Infections’.


Expected Outcomes:

  1. Participants are updated about recent advances and current trends in the field of HIV prevention research
  2. Participants have their skills built on how to communicate HIV prevention research results
  3. Participants understand the basic ethics principles that govern participation in HIV prevention research
  4. Participants receive some orientation on the ICASA Conference programe



Advocates working on Science of Prevention and Treatment in Africa, the coordinating committee of the Africa Regional Civil Society Health Platform, researchers, policymakers, and all other professionals working on prevention and treatment research.



This opportunity is offered free of charge. This does not include travel to Cape Town – the pre-conference is primarily aimed at participants who already plan to be in Cape Town for the conference or who are able to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

All interested individuals and organizations are requested to contact Rosemary Mburu mburur@worldaidscampaign.org and copy Olayide Akanni: olayide@gmail.com by 28th November 2013.


Meeting Partners:   WACl  AVAC  IAVI  NHVMAS  JAAIDS


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