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

Mohammed Al Amoudi & ICASA 2011

Mohammed Al Amoudi & ICASA 2011

When asked to support the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) in Addis Ababa, Mohammed Al Amoudi did not hesitate.  Long involved in the fight against AIDS in Africa, Mohammed 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 Mr Al Amoudi.  He adds: ‘no business leader in Africa has contributed so much for HIV response in Africa’.

Mohammed 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 Mohammed’s expense from Europe.  Everything was assembled in the remarkably short time of two months. Every hall was up to the highest standards – air conditioned, with full audio-visual facilities and other amenities, making this Ethiopian venue equal to any elsewhere.

Upgrading the Conference Hall to these high international standards was not cosmetic. The improved facilities meant improved communication and exchange of information and a renewed seriousness of purpose about a critical issue affecting African development. It also asserted African ownership of the issue in one of the fastest developing economies of the Continent, Mohammed Al Amoudi’s home, Ethiopia.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Ethiopia’s Minister for Health, spoke for all Ethiopians in thanking Mohammed for his major financial and moral contribution.