HIV/AIDS conference opens

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The 18 the International Conference on HIVAIDS and sexually transmitted Infections (STIs) IN Africa (ICASA) officially opens this evening in Harare, Zimbabwe.

ZNBC’s Mwercy Mwepa reports the conference which started on Sunday , and ends on Friday, December 4, 2015 is being held under the theme, “ AIDS in post 2015 Era , Linking Leadership , Science and human rights.

According to a media release by World Health Oragnisation, Over 7000 world’s leading scientist , policy makers, acivitits people living with HIV, Heads of State ,government leaders and civil society organization are expected to attend the deliberations

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has said greater effort is needed to ensure that key and vulnerable populations and adolescents gain access to essential HIV treatment and prevention services in the Africa region.

Dr. Moeti said this can be achieved through public education on the risk factors , the application of new WHO treatment guidelines and the renewal of political and financial commitments.

Among the topics that will be discussed includes Working Together to Achieve Sustainable Epidemic Control, ending Aids By 2030: An Achievable Goal, HIV in prisons & places of detention: using rights-based approach and Ebola crisis in Africa: Progress, Lessons Learnt & Impact.

Meanwhile, Vice President Inonge wina is on Monday expected here to attend the Africa parliamentary and Leadership Colloquim International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa.

Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe Humprey Mushili who disclosed the development to TV2 in Harare said the Ms. Wina has been invited to give a key note address at the conference.

He said Zambia like others countries has felt the impact of the disease burden hence her participation in the conference is cardinal in sharing experiences , challenges and successes.

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