As part of build up to marking the World Aids Day (WAD) on December 1st, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) will on the 29th and 30th November in Abuja, hold a national conference to showcase key findings on AIDS prevention in Nigeria.
The conference, which is tagged: ‘Hands on for HIV prevention’ will have participants from relevant government departments and agencies, research institutions, the private sector, development partner agencies and representatives of people living with or affected by HIV.
According to the Chairperson, Organising Committee of the conference, Dr. Akudo Ikpeazu, the event will bring together a range of experts to advance knowledge, present new research findings, as well as promote and enhance scientific and community collaborations. “It will also be a platform for discussions on development of new strategies for addressing HIV, especially in the area of HIV prevention.
“We welcome participants from all sectors: government, business, community, civil society, academia and others. It is my hope that participants will all take advantage of the conference and the opportunities it presents for networking, forming new collaborations and strengthening old partnerships to strengthen HIV prevention efforts,” she said.
She said keynote speakers from within and outside the country will be invited for the meeting, as presentations at the Conference have been organised under four knowledge areas including behavioural, biomedical, structural, as well as key populations issues.
“Over 250 participants have already concluded the registration process and intending participants are encouraged to register online, as soon as possible, through the Conference’s website: http://www.hivprevention2016.com.ng/,” Ikpeazu adds.
“To facilitate our planning, registration for participation in the Conference is already underway. I am encouraging any interested individual to visit the Conference’s website and register for this important event as soon as possible,” said Dr. Ogungbemi, acting Director General National Agency for the Control of AIDS.