Zambia to host the 8th international HIV/AIDS Scientific conference

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By MIRIAM ZIMBA-
ZAMBIA is this week expected to host the eighth international HIV/AIDS Scientific conference dubbed the INTEREST workshop.
According to a statement made available by the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) head of communications Cheri Reid, the meeting will focus on, among other issues, HIV treatment, pathogens and prevention research in resource poor settings.
“The mission of the INTEREST workshop is to function as a platform to discuss how recent insights in HIV may translate into new intervention strategies for areas with limited resources,” she said.
Mr Reid said the annual meeting will bring together about 250 participants comprising lecturers, students, as well as presentations and round table discussions.
The meeting, which runs from May 5 to May 6 2014, is also expected to focus on issues of particular relevance for the African continent and gives the opportunity for young researchers to present their data.
So far, seven successful meetings have been convened since INTEREST’s inception in countries such as Uganda, Senegal, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya.
At the meeting, INTEREST is also pleased to announce its partnership with Southern African HIV Clinician Society (Reseau Africain des practiciens Assurant la prise en charge des personnes avec le VHI/SIDA) RESAPSI.
In the pre-programme for 2014 is the simultaneous focused discussions session and symposium on “Expanding access to viral load monitoring in resource limited settings’, organised by the International AIDS Society Industry Liaison Forum (IAS-ILF).

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