UNAIDS joins partners to launch ICASA 2013 in Accra

[L-R] Haile, Commissioner Ndhlovu, Dr El-Adas & Luc Bodea or SAA

[L-R] Haile, Commissioner Ndhlovu, Dr El-Adas & Luc Bodea or SAA

Accra – The 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2013), which is scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 7 – 11 December 2013, has been launched in Accra.  In attendance at the press conference were the South African High Commissioner, Mm Jeanette Ndhlovu, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Girmay Haile, and the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission Dr. Angela El-Adas.

The conference’s purpose and contribution to curbing the AIDS epidemic on the continent were highlighted.  The theme for ICASA 2013 is “Now more than ever: Targeting zero”.  According to Dr. El-Adas, this theme is in line with the global theme of “Zero new infection, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths and she looks forward to the discussions, submissions and reports of the conference.

Journalists at the launch of ICASA 2013 in Accra

Journalists at the launch of ICASA 2013 in Accra

Commissioner Ndhlovu congratulated the local media for focusing attention on HIV/AIDS related stories and said the conference counts on their continuous support for publicity.  She said South Africa is delighted to be hosting this year’s ICASA which she said promises to be one of the biggest gathering of stakeholders on HIV/AIDS research.

The Head of UNAIDS in Ghana, Mr. Haile said UNAIDS is a key partner for the ICASA 2013 and by so doing expects full participation by all stakeholders to ensure that a legible and credible platform to address HIV/AIDS on the continent is maintained. He also commended the Ghana AIDS Commission for playing a lead role on several avenues on the continent.

UNAIDS Country Director Girmay Haile

UNAIDS Country Director Girmay Haile addresses the audience

ICASA is organised by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA). For more on ICASA 2013, visit http://www.icasa2013southafrica.org/