The 16th International conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between the 4th and 8th of December, 2011 with the theme ‘OWN, SCALE UP and SUSTAIN’. In attendance were dignitaries from far and wide including political leaders like Former President George W. Bush of USA, activists, donor agencies, advocacy groups, students etc.
Satellite sessions and exhibitions were staged and heated debates, discussions and suggestions ensued all in view to channel a way forward to make Africa responsible for funding and sustaining HIV treatment and response in order to compliment international donors and find a substitute for HIV response funding due to increasing donor fatigue emanating from the dwindling economic situation in Europe and America.
In attendance were delegates from FAMSA Headquarters board, MSAs and FAMSA Executives actively participating in plenary and satellite sessions. Undoubtedly FAMSA once again showed her zeal to achieving one of her numerous goals which is active participation in health related decision-making and contributing positively to the development of her members and Africa as a whole. The conference also afforded the opportunity for international dialogue and sharing of national experience.
The next edition is scheduled to hold in Durban, South Africa in December, 2013.