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15th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2008

03 December 2008

The 15th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa takes place in Dakar on 3-7 December 2008. This year’s theme for Africa's leading forum for discussion of HIV developments and trends is “Africa’s Response: Face the facts.” Youssou Ndour and Angelique Kidjo opened the conference on Wednesday night by singing the official ICASA 2008 song. The President of the Republic of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade welcomed delegates and a series of speeches were delivered by Professor Souleymane Mboup (President of ICASA) ; Dr D.M.Owili, Secretaire generale de la societe africaine anti SIDA (SAA) ; Miss Souadou Ndoye, ICASA Youth Representative ; Madame Jeanne Gapiya spoke on behlf of civil society. UNAIDS Executive Director Dr Peter Piot and Dr Rufaro Chatora, Representative of the WHO Regional Director also spoke. A message from His Highness the King of Morocco was delivered by Her Highness Princess Lalla Salma.