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ICASA Background

The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is one of the major international AIDS conferences happening in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between the Anglophone and Francophone African countries. ICASA 2008 was held in Dakar, Senegal.

ICASA provides a forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, experiences and best practices in Africa and around the globe in all dimensions of HIV/AIDS and STIs. Most importantly, ICASA serves as a platform for sharing of progress towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in the continent, which is the milestone of MDG 6.

The conference expects to welcome more than 10,000 delegates from around the world working in the fields of HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB & Malaria. It will also encourage the participation of young researchers, health care workers, and community representatives from the developing world by providing scholarships.

ICASA 2011

The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) Council selected Ethiopia to host the 16th ICASA to be held in Addis Ababa from 4 – 8 December 2011. The selection is based on interest expressed by the Ethiopian Government to host the conference, as well as set criteria including adequate logistics, security, communication, accommodation and conference venue. Ethiopia officially accepted the offer during a signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the SAA and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in July 2009 in Lagos, Nigeria.

ICASA 2011 Theme & Objectives “OWN, SCALE-UP & SUSTAIN.”

ICASA 2011 Objectives

  • Serve as an advocacy platform to mobilize African leaders, partners and the communities to increase ownership, commitment and support to the response.
  • 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 on HIV/AIDS/STIs, TB and Malaria to achieve the MDGs.
  • Use as a forum to link and hold accountable political and national leaders, the scientific community, prac titioners, communities, civil societies, the private sector and partners to scale-up and sustain the response.
  • Create opportunities to define priorities and set policy and program agenda to enhance mobilization and effective utilization of resources.

ICASA 2011 Significance

ICASA 2011 can serve as a platform where Ethiopia’s efforts in combating HIV as well as other sectoral achievements could be promoted at a global level. This is also a paramount occasion to further strengthen the partnership among governments, civil societies, communities, partner agencies and the global AIDS community, not just within the Region but also across the Globe.

Most significantly, the year 2011 marks the 30th year after AIDS was first discovered as a new disease; 10 years after the UNGASS Political Declaration on AIDS; and 5 years after the Global Declaration towards Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

In this respect, Ethiopia has a unique opportunity to provide a platform to review the collective progresses made towards universal access and attaining MDGs as well as the challenges facing the fight against the epidemic.

ICASA 2011 Key Dates

Key Event Date Deadline
1. International Steering Committee Pre-conference meetings
a. 2nd ISC Meeting December 2010
b. Marathon Meeting August 2011
2. Abstract
a. Call for abstract open January 2011 May 2011
b. Review of Abstract May 2011 July 2011
c. Notice of Acceptance of Abstract September 2011
3. Registration
a. Early Registration Opens January 2011 June 2011
b. Regular Registration June 2011 October 2011
c. Late Registration October 2011
d. On-site Registration On-site
4. Scholarship
a. Application Open January 2011 May 2011
b. Announcement of Scholarship Recipient September 2011
5. Conference 4-8 December 2011

How Can you be Involved in ICASA 2011?

Content/Conference Programs:- The local and international scientific communities and individuals are encouraged to resent relevant and quality scientific research by means of abstracts and share their findings.

Individuals can also be involved in reviewing and qualifying abstracts. The international scientific societies, universities and research institutions as well as multinational pharmaceuticals may also present best practices and prototype products relevant to Africa. The Leadership Program identifies subjects, leaders and institutions that showed exemplary leadership in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Therefore, all are encouraged to recommend to the ICASA 2011 programs or institutions that showed exemplary leadership. Similarly, you may be involved in the Community Program that focuses on mobilizing the youth, the network of PLHIV, women’s associations and organizations advocating for the rights of PLHIV, and encourage modern activism to uphold the theme of the Conference.

Logistics and Financial Mobilization:- Logistical support and financial mobilization requires a high level of commitment from the Government of Ethiopia, the private sector, international organizations and the community. In addition to financial mobilization, issues pertaining to venue, visa, protocol, customs, security, hotel and transportation are critical to the success of the conference. For this the government offices such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Consular offices, Airport, Security, Tourism, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, etc should actively support the Ministry of Health.

Awareness:- Local and international media involvement is critical in creating awareness and visibility to ICASA 2011 during all the stages of planning and preparation. The engagement of Government agencies, development partners, volunteers, academia, the youth, civil societies, people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the international community all play important roles in awareness creation and in encouraging the active involvement of their respective institutions in various capacities.

ICASA 2011 Expectations

Ethiopia, as a host country of ICASA 2011, is responsible predominantly for the creation of a local environment conducive to supporting the success of the conference which includes availing appropriate conference venue, adequate accommodation and transportation service, ensuring security and safety, etc.

Most importantly, 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 and findings in these areas are expected to be shared in this conference.

Although this Conference demands considerable financial and logistics mobilization and support, Ethiopia will undoubtedly host a successful event given the country’s track record in hosting international conferences.
 

Contact ICASA

P.O.Box 122326, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Telephone: +251 115 54 87 73

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Website: http://icasa2011addis.org

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Ethiopian is pleased to offer a 10% discount to all ICASA 2011 delegates.

Take advantage of this great offer by visiting your local Ethiopian ticket office. To find your nearest ticketing office, visit http://www.flyethiopian.com/. Upon your visit, please present your ICASA 2011 registration number to get the discount.

Please note this offer is not applicable for online purchases or at a non-Ethiopian Airlines ticketing office.

ICASA 2011, in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to offer ICASA 2011 delegates priority luggage service at Addis Ababa Bole Airport. To take advantage of this priority service, delegates must visibly identify their luggage by tying a Red Ribbon on the handle or body of the luggage.

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