The 2019 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from December 2 to December 7. This biennial conference is a premiere gathering for HIV professionals, advocates, and leaders committed to ending the epidemic. ICASA is the largest AIDS conference held in Africa and is expected to draw more than 10,000 delegates from nearly 150 countries over its 7 days.
It is a particular honor for Rwanda to host this year’s conference. Rwanda has made rapid progress in achieving the UN’s 90-90-90 targets. The country is being lauded for its highly effective response interventions.
ICASA gives researchers the opportunity to share the latest scientific advances and discuss progress. This year Dr.Chinedu Osita Agbakwuru, Ciheb's Senior Technical Advisor, Population HIV Impact Assessments; Dr. Peter Memiah, Ciheb’s Director of Quality and Outcomes; and Dr. Baffa Sule Ibrahim, Ciheb's Director of Operations and Program Management in Nigeria, will be presenting at ICASA.
Dr. Agbakwuru will be part of a Tuesday panel: ICAP at Columbia University: "General and Key Population Surveys: Why are they needed and what can they teach us?” Dr. Agbakwuru will be discussing Ciheb's experience with population surveys in Nigeria and the current survey in Zambia (ZAMPHIA 2020).
On Wednesday and Friday, Dr. Memiah will be presenting new findings from two key marker studies conducted in Tanzania -- performed with researchers from the Government of Tanzania and other institutions. You can read the study abstracts via the below links.
Also on Friday, Dr. Baffa Sule Ibrahim will be speaking about the implementation of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) as part of a panel together with representatives from the Government of Nigeria and CDC Nigeria. The NAIIS was the largest HIV household survey ever conducted, and Dr. Ibrahim will discuss how this organizational and logistical feat achieved success.
Dr. Chinedu Osita Agbakwuru, Tuesday, December 3, Satellite Symposia (Prudence Mabele, MH 2+ Corridor, 7:00-8:30): ICAP at Columbia University: General and Key Population Surveys: Why are they needed and what can they teach us?”
Dr. Peter Memiah, Wednesday, December 4, Poster Session (Poster Area, 9:00 - 18:00): Prevalence of Hypertension and Associated Inflammatory Markers among HIV Patients in Tanzania.
Dr. Baffa Sule Ibrahim, Friday, December 6, Satellite Symposia (Prudence Mabele, MH 2+ Corridor, 18:30 - 20:30): Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria/ National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), Nigeria: Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicators and Impact Survey (NAIIS) Special Session.
Dr. Peter Memiah, Friday, December 6, Abstract Session (Auditorium, 12:45 - 14:15): Glucose Metabolic Disorder and Associated Inflammatory Markers among HIV Patients in Tanzania.