Xinhua News Agency (11.17.11) - Monday, November 21, 2011
In early December, Ethiopia will play host to the 16th
International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted
Infections in Africa (ICASA). The theme of this year's meeting
in Addis Ababa is "Own, Scale-Up and Sustain."
Ethiopian Health Minister Tewodrose Adhanom said Thursday that
4,200 people have confirmed their attendance at ICASA, but the
final number of participants could be as high as 10,000.
Policy makers, scientists, and advocates will share knowledge,
experience, and best practices on HIV/AIDS and other STIs in
Africa at ICASA, he said.
Yigeremu Abebe, president of ICASA 2011, said the conference
represents an opportunity to review commitments and mobilize
resources for fighting AIDS in Africa, home to around 68
percent of the world's caseload.
First held in Brussels, Belgium, in 1986, ICASA most recently
convened in Senegal in 2008 with the theme "Africa's Response:
Face the Facts."
For more information, visit http://www.icasa2011addis.org/.