Prof. John Idoko
ICASA 2019 President
The International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is once again here with us. It comes at a critical juncture when we hardly have any time left to actualize the bold ambition of ending AIDS by 2030. It also comes a year before the review of UNAIDS global 90-90-90 targets in 2020.
True to its identity, the 2019 edition of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa promises to off er a strategic forum for Leaders, Activists, Scientists and the Community to engage and fi nd solutions to our common health problems. The Conference will provide a platform to take stock of progress made towards achieving the 90-90-90 targets. It also off ers us an opportunity to collectively refl ect on Hepatitis, TB, Malaria, NCDs, emerging infections in Africa and the opportunities available for strengthening our health systems on the continent to tackle these diseases.
Visionary leadership and collaboration have been central to the achievements made in the response to HIV and AIDS thus far in Africa and globally. ICASA 2019 provides us with opportunities to re-invigorate our African commitments as well as global solutions that will allow us pave the way for new and eff icient innovations towards a generation without AIDS in Africa. The intersection of cutting-edge science, innovations, eff ective community models, funding dynamics and policy that will be provided by the conference is expected to contribute greatly to achieving an AIDS free Africa.
As we share evidence and refl ect on progress made, let us keep in mind that despite the availability of a widening array of eff ective HIV prevention tools and methods and massive scale-up of HIV treatment, domestic fi nancing for the response remains sub-optimal. New infections remain unacceptably high especially among Adolescent Girls and Young Women as well as in Key Populations. Despite a growing strong political leadership, there are still legal and human rights barriers that threaten progress towards achieving the goal of ending AIDS in Africa by 2030.
For this 20th Edition of ICASA, the programme has been built around 200 sessions with 578 expected speakers. ICASA 2019 promises to be an exciting experience full of science and fun. I wish all delegates a safe trip and I thank and congratulate all our co-organisers, partners, all UN organizations and ICASA steering committee members. Finally, I wish especially to express our gratitude to the Head of State of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency President Paul Kagame for giving the conference maximum attention and support.
Welcome to ICASA 2019!
Welcome to KIGALI!
Very best regards,
Prof. John Idoko,
ICASA 2019 President, Society for AIDS in Africa