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

An Event of Global Importance

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.

Sessions were held on topics ranging from prevention to legal services for vulnerable populations. In addition to the main conference proceedings, there were satellite sessions and workshops in both English and French, with simultaneous translation. As well as international standard conference facilities – including a delegate village – ICASA 2011 had the benefit of a world class media centre, all provided by Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi.

Concern about the impact of the global financial crisis dominated discussions. Special sessions were held on cost efficiency and effectiveness including a special ministerial panel discussion on funding.

Hands-on workshops provided participants with skills in writing and submitting conference abstracts, in measuring community care for families affected by HIV as well as for making relevant HIV legal services available, and in using technology, leadership skills, media relations and reporting, in engaging traditional leadership and for workplace HIV prevention programs.

The topics covered included:

  • reducing the stigma of HIV/AIDS and promoting livelihoods for people living with the virus
  • the legal environment and legal services for antiretroviral and other treatments
  • detection and surveillance
  • gender and the HIV response
  • working towards an HIV-free generation
  • management of HIV/TB and other co-infections
  • strengthening of healthcare infrastructures for improved integration
  • monitoring and evaluation.