Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi: helping fight AIDS and STIs in Africa

"His contribution will save the lives of millions in Africa - children, young and adults"
Dr Yegeremu Abebe, Chairman, ICASA 2011

Sheikh Al Amoudi & ICASA 2011

When asked to support the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) in Addis Ababa, Sheikh Al Amoudi did not hesitate.  Long involved in the fight against AIDS in Africa, the Sheikh had already committed funds to the Clinton Foundation in this area.

ICASA chairman Dr. Yegeremu Abebe says on the record that the Conference could not have taken place without the Sheikh.  He adds: ‘no business leader in Africa has contributed so much for HIV response in Africa’.

Sheikh Al Amoudi provided $15 million for the full infrastructure for the conference, including all the necessary materials and expertise to upgrade the Millennium Hall, an exhibition centre, a delegate village, a media centre and 17 halls enabling 14 sessions and workshops to be held simultaneously.

The purchase cost of materials was €4 million alone and the aluminium required was imported at the Sheikh’s expense from Europe. 

An Event of Global Importance

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most heavily affected by HIV. In 2010 an estimated 68% of all people with HIV lived in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with only 12% of the global population. The issue affects the general health and well-being of the region, as well as that of individuals.

Present at the conference were key speakers from the Global Fund, UNAIDS, the US Global AIDS coordination office, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

At the official opening, H.E. Ato Kuma Demekisa expressed a warm welcome to the delegates including former American President Mr. George Bush Jr. who addressed the gathering.

Mr. Bush was recognized with an Award, presented by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, for his support in the global response to HIV and AIDS.

Conference Pictures

The facilities for the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) held in December 2011 in Addis Ababa were made possible by Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi. This section provides a number of photographs of the facilities and of the Conference.

In addition to international standard conference facilities that hosted global dignitaries, the Sheikh provided a world class media centre.  Sheikh Al Amoudi’s corporate resources were deployed to support an important public health initiative for his home country, Ethiopia, and Africa as a whole.

For more information visit the ICASA 2011 website.

Sheikh Al Amoudi Supports ICASA 2011

Watch the video on YouTube.

This video features Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom and ICASA 2011 Chairman Dr Yegermu Abebe who speak about what Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi did for the ICASA 2011 conference held in Addis Ababa.

Sheikh Al Amoudi and the Wider Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The Sheikh’s contribution to ICASA 2011 is not the only example of his commitment to the fight against AIDS and HIV in his home continent. In addition to the $15 million contributed to ICASA 2011, the Sheikh has pledged, separately, sums in the region of $20m over a decade to fighting AIDS in Africa through the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Access Initiative(CHAI).

A month after the Conference, the Sheikh was honoured by Ethiopian President Woldegiorgis for his outstanding contribution to the Conference and was praised for his contribution to Ethiopia’s national development.