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ICASA 2019 Conference is for AIDS Free Africa

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Humana People to People is attending the International Conference on AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference is scheduled to start from the 2nd and ending on 7th of December 2019.

The conference is being held under the theme "AIDS FREE AFRICA - Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership." It strives to engage the whole African continent and all stakeholders in the Post-UN Sustainable Development Goals Framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets will not be possible if human rights are not a key priority.

The 20th ICASA is an opportunity to renew the global commitment and draw the world’s attention to the fact that the gains in fighting AIDS are now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. The conference is an excellent opportunity to promote inter-sectorial achievements in AIDS prevention and response and to strengthen the partnerships among governments, civil society, and development partners.

Progress in eastern and southern Africa, the world’s most affected region, is driving global optimism says UNAIDS in 2018. The 2018 UNAIDS publication titled Turning Point for Africa shows that; in the region, the number of people living with HIV and on antiretroviral therapy has more than doubled since 2010, reaching almost 12.5 million people by June 2017. The publication indicates that new HIV infections in eastern and southern Africa have declined by a third in just six years, while AIDS-related deaths in the region plummeted by 42% over the same period.

Humana People to People is participating at the ICASA 2019 Conference, exhibiting at stand 12 showcasing its unique approaches which are anchored on reaching hard-to-reach communities and working with most-at-risk communities to access HIV testing, supporting HIV treatment and adherence. How Humana People to People supports the strengthening of community health systems to deliver effective uptake of HIV and AIDS clinic-based services are all part of strategies being used to save lives through empowering communities to take control against the AIDS epidemic.

 

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Humana People to People’s mission to accelerate towards the end of HIV and AIDS is based on support for community response to disease prevention, care and treatment. Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) is an HIV and AIDS programme, equipping people with capacity to fight AIDS in countries facing high prevalence of the epidemic.

TCE strengthens community responsiveness in order to gain control of HIV and AIDS at individual and community level. Since its initiation at the start of the millennium, the programme has expanded to cover Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe including China and India.

TCE has since aligned its strategies with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy which focuses on ensuring that 90% of people infected with HIV know their status, 90% of those infected get anti-retroviral therapy, which in turn should lead to 90% of those under treatment achieving HIV viral suppression. Testing is accordingly focused on special groups, e.g. men having sex with men, adolescent girls and young women, and commercial sex workers.

 

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People are reached via index testing, contact tracing for those defaulting on their HIV treatment, skills training for entrepreneurship that supports income generation, and prevention of intergenerational sexual practices.

For close to two decades, Humana People to People has fought the spread of HIV and AIDS, together with the affected and infected communities and helped to save millions of lives. Years of concerted health actions have been carried out through a substantial coordinated network of community-based health workers, local volunteers and government health departments.