18th ICASA | 29 NOV - 4 DEC 2015 | HARARE | ZIMBABWE
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Conference Programme

Scientific Programme

The International Steering Committee is grateful to the following individuals, all leading experts in their respective fields, for giving their time and guidance to the development of the Scientific Programme of the 18th ICASA. We are proud to have them as the Chairs, Co-Chairs and Members for the Scientific Programme Committee.


Scientific Programme Committee (SPC)
Prof Seni Kouanda – Chair
Prof James Hakim –  Local Co Chair


Track A – Basic Science

Prof. John Idoko Chair
Prof. Tandakha Dieye Member
Prof. Almostapha I.Maiga Member
Prof. Kakou R. Aka Member
Dr Angela Mushavi Co-chair
Prof. L. Gwanzura Member
Prof Kambarami Member
Prof Tagwireyi Member
Dr Lynda Stranix Member



Track B – Clinical Science, Treatment and Care

Prof. Serge Eholie  Chair
Prof. Ide Moussa Member
Prof. Alberto Matteli Member
Dr. Henry Nagai Member
Prof. Papa Salif Sow Member
Dr. Tapiwanashe Bwakura Co-Chair
Dr. H. Mujuru Member
Dr. A. Reed Member
Dr. R. Ndhlovu Member
Dr. B. Nyathi Member

Track C – Epidemiology and Prevention Science

Dr. Enoch Omonge Chair
Prof. Tanon A Member
Prof. Gautier Ouedraogo Member
Dr. Agnes Mahomva Co-Chair
Prof Mike Chirenje Member
Dr. Greg Powell Member
Prof Tshimanga Member
Dr. s. Mungofa Member


Track D – Social Science, Human Rights and Political Science

Dr. Azondekon A Chair
Dr. Bisi Adejumo Member
Dr. Odette Ky- Zerbo Member
Mr. Kene.C. Esom Member
Prof S. Rusakaniko Co-Chair
Dr. N. Madzingira Member
Dr. R. Bonde Member
Dr. N. Wekwete Member


Track E – Health Systems, Economics and Implementation Science

Dr. Amissa Bongo Chair
Prof. Sheila Tlou Member
Mrs. Lois Chingandu Member
Dr. Meskerem Grunitzky Member
Dr. Haileyesus Getahun Member
Dr. Tsitsi Mutasa-Apollo Co-Chair
Dr. Karin Hatzold Member
Dr. G. Sikipa Member
Prof Frances Cowan Member
Travor Mabhugu Member

Sessions will take place throughout the day from Sunday 29 November to Friday, 4 December 2015. Below are the topics the Scientific Programme Committee has chosen to focus on.

Plenary Session

  • Biomedical advances: Impact on HIV epidemiology
  • Achieving 90 :90 :90 : A Global Game changer for public health
  • Have we eliminated MTCT?
  • Putting the radar on Hepatis B and C, in Africa
  • Ebola Crisis in Africa: Progress, lessons learnt and Impact



  • Managing adolescents and young people with HIV: Challenges and Solutions
  • STIs in   key populations in 2015
  • Emerging disease and health systems response
  • Mental Health
  • Integration of HIV and reproductive health: Expanding access to services


Non Abstract Driven Session

  • Treatment of HIV: What is new in the pipeline
  • Scaling HIV/STI programming with sex workers : Roll out of normative guidance
  • Models to improve the first 90 target – access to HIV testing
  • STI’s and HIV: Synergistic Epidemics with Implications for Control and Prevention
  • Spearheading Change in diagnostics to achieve 90-90-90
  • Molecular technologies including EID  and viral load testing services for HIV in Africa


Special Session

  • Recent advances in HIV vaccine research, including Vaccine therapy
  • Early diagnosis, care, treatment and support of paediatric HIV infection
  • Interventions to improve adherence to medication
  • HIV and NCDs
  • HIV and TB
  • Traditional Medicine