Panafrican News Agency

Major int'l conference to brings 10,000 world's researchers on HIV to Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  About 10,000 delegates from across the globe will gather in Kigali for the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) from 2-7 December, an official source confirmed Tuesday to PANA in Kigali.

The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for all working in the field of HIV, as well as leaders, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic.

Reports said that this will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field of HIV, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to end AIDS by 2030.

It is expected that ICASA 2019 will also convene over delegates from nearly 150 countries, including 200 journalists.

As ICASA 2019 Rwanda comes a year before the UNAIDS global 90-90-90 targets in 2020, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is offering the strategic first forum for Leaders, Activists, Scientists and Community. 

This Kigali forum will serve as a platform to take stock of the challenges of UNAIDS global 90-90-90 targets and pave the way for a new and efficient innovation towards a generation without AIDS in Africa.

The 90-90-90 target campaign aims to have all the above three steps reach 90 percent by 2020, in a bid to eliminate AIDS by 2030.

About 210,200 Rwandans aged 15-64 live with HIV, representing 3 percent of the population in the age group, according to official estimates.

-0- PANA TWA/VAO 5Nov2019