Dear ICASA Delegates,
My name is David Parirenyatwa, the Minister of health and Child Care for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe will this year host the 18th edition of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa at The Rainbow Towers Hotel and Harare International Conference Centre from 29 November to 04 December 2015.
I therefore would like to warmly invite you to this biennial International AIDS conference, which is a premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, leaders, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the pandemic. ICASA is a tremendous platform for researchers from all around the globe to share latest scientific advances in the field, learn from others experiences and develop strategies for facets of a collective effort to prevent and treat HIV. ICASA 2015 is expected to convene 7000 delegates from nearly 150 countries including over 200 journalists.
Zimbabwe has a long history in the response to HIV and AIDS. As one of the countries severely affected by the pandemic, we have recorded some internationally acclaimed milestones particularly the reduction of both HIV incidence and prevalence and scaling up access to treatment under difficult conditions as well as our leadership role as a pathfinder in domestic financing for HIV through our AIDS levy, which has now been recorded and shared as an international best practice. We are confident that ICASA delegates will benefit from our efforts and challenges as well as those of the entire African region as we move towards ending AIDS by 2030. The response of HIV and AIDS has been closely linked with efforts to end co-morbidities such TB and cancer as well as other sexually transmitted infections which will be addressed at the upcoming ICASA.
In the meantime, we are seized with developing a top quality scientific programme that will include presentations from leading researchers, workshops, expert sessions and sharing of best practices. There will also be a global village for exhibitions and activism.
Zimbabwe is a peaceful and safe country with a diverse culture animated by its hospitable people and natural wonders. I therefore would like to also invite you to take time before or after ICASA to visit our magnificent tourist attractions such as the majestic Victoria Falls, the Great Zimbabwe Monuments, national parks with diverse flora and fauna as well as the Eastern Highlands.
As ICASA draws closer, I would like to encourage you to get involved in this great event by submitting an abstract, or simply registering as a delegate and start your travel arrangements NOW!
See you at ICASA 2015, see you in Harare.