Society for AIDS in Africa
The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) was founded in 1989 in Nairobi, Kenya by 20 leading African Scientists who were working in HIV/AIDS.
SAA is dedicated to working towards prevention, control and management of HIV/AIDS throughout Africa. SAA is the main organizer of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa. This organization is the custodian of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA).
For more information go to: www.saafrica.org/.
IAS had a sporadic relationship with SAA until 2004. In 2004, IAS and SAA signed an agreement for IAS support in organizing the 15th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa. IAS was able to channel fundraising to these conferences through the Gates Foundation.
In recent years IAS has collaborated with SAA and ICASA. Aiding in the establishment of the democratic elections for the SAA council, IAS has assisted the SAA to become a more credible, democratic, and relevant organization and supported the conference organizing process.
ICASA is a biennial conference that alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for exchange of experiences and lessons learned from around the world, when responding to HIV, AIDS, and STIs. This event is the continent’s largest gathering of HIV/AIDS activists and researchers. 17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2013) took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 7-11 December 2013.
For more information, visit: www.icasa2013southafrica.org.
Click on the links below for a summary of previous ICASA conferences:
ICASA 2011 | ICASA 2008 | Previous ICASAs
In early 2012 the IAS signed an informal partnership agreement with The Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA). A memorandum of understanding was signed by both organizations in a spirit of collaboration with the aim of leveraging each organization’s existing activities to support the other in achieving its missing.
SAHARA was formed to conduct, support and use social sciences research to prevent the further spread of HIV and to mitigate the impact of its devastation in sub-Saharan Africa through multi-country studies, its biennial conference and its journal, SAHARA J.
The cooperative work will look at ways the organizations can support each other in dissemination of information, sharing lessons learned, look at opportunities with JIAS and SAHARA J, and when possible, participate in each other’s conferences.
The 7th SAHARA Conference has been postponed. More information is available here.
For more information on SAHARA, visit: www.sahara.org.za / Version française.
Click on the links below for a summary of previous SAHARA conferences:
6th SAHARA Conference 2011