Ethiopia has been selected by the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) to host ICASA 2011, which expects to welcome more than 10,000 participants from around the world including Heads of States and Governments, Eminent Scientists, renowned health workers, high'level policy makers, people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV), community and opinion leaders as well as activists working in the fields
of AIDS, STIs as well as Tuberculosis & Malaria.
For the success of this important conference, the Government of Ethiopia has been carrying out a number of huge undertakings since 2009. It has established a Secretariat that is exclusively working to this effect. Furthermore the government is highly committed to mobilizing logistical and financial requirements by engaging the private sector, international organizations and the community at large.
In addition to financial mobilization, the government, through the respective offices, has been actively engaged with logistical issues pertaining to venue, visa, protocol, customs, security, hotel and transportation, which are critical to the success of the conference.
ICASA 2011 Objectives
- To serve as an advocacy platform to mobilize African leaders, partners and communities to increase ownership, commitment and support to the response to the HIV & AIDS pandemic.
- To provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, skills and consolidation of experiences and best practices in Africa and around the globe to scale up evidence'based response to HIV/AIDS/STIs, TB and Malaria to achieve the MDGs.
- To provide a forum to link and hold accountable political and national leaders, the scientific community, practitioners, communities, civil societies, the private sector and partners to scale'up and sustain the response.
- To create opportunities to define priorities and set policy and program agenda to enhance mobilization and effective utilization of resources.
The primary expected outcome of this international conference is to host a unique, professional and participatory conference that is able to mobilize the scientific communities, international leaders, activists, higher learning institutions, civil societies and others to elevate the knowledge on HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB and Malaria to a higher level. New and innovative research findings in these areas are expected to be shared in this conference