The International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) is a conference that serves as an advocacy platform that provides a forum for exchange of knowledge, skills and consolidation of experiences and best practices in Africa and around the globe. ICASA was held on 4th – 8th December 2011 at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The theme for the meeting was for the countries to in participation to OWN, SCALE UP and SUSTAIN AIDS and STI’s in Africa.
AIDS Law Project with support from the African Women Development Fund attended the conference to present a paper on the challenges of implementing the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act, and shared with participants some of the projects they have conducted at the community.
ALP has designed projects that reach out to communities through simplification, translation and dissemination of the law and thereby creates awareness on HIV-related human rights issues. ALP has done this through simplification of the HAPCA, legal aid clinics and capacity building sessions for community members. The trainings are intended to enlighten communities living with or affected by HIV and AIDS about their rights and how to claim them from an informed perspective. Dissemination of the law has furthered one of ALP’s main objectives which is to agitate for legal protection of PLHIV’s.
The conference highlighted and discussed key issues including prevention, treatment, care and support ; policy, strategy, programs and implementation by primary stakeholders stressing on the need for stake holders to own the disease by playing lead role in HIV/AIDS and STI issues.
Other highlights and area of interest that ALP participated in included: HIV and human rights; Maternal and child health; Sexual and Reproductive health and health financing.