7th SAHARA Conference 2013 (SAHARA 7) (SAHARA 7)
|Event Date/Time: Oct 07, 2013 / 8:00 am - (GMT)||End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2013 / 8:00 pm - (GMT)|
|Registration Date: Sep 15, 2013||Time: 23:59:00(GMT)|
|Early Registration Date: May 14, 2013||Time: 23:59:00(GMT)|
|Abstract Submission Date: Feb 28, 2013||Time: 23:59:00(GMT)|
Translating evidence into action: Connecting with communities, policies, human rights, gender, service delivery
Some progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The number of new infections has decreased, while access to antiretroviral treatment has increased. Nonetheless, there are more newly infected people than there are people who gain access to antiretroviral treatment. Furthermore, women and key populations (homosexual men, commercial sex workers) in Africa benefitted much less than the general population from the progress made. Thus, the gap between the state of HIV/AIDS today and the goals of UNAIDS’ Getting to Zero (Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS- related deaths) remain important. Several factors contribute to hindering progress: fewer resources are available, research findings insufficiently influence action, the socio-cultural context and the human rights implications of HIV/AIDS are not fully understood and taken into account.
Against this background, the 7th SAHARA Conference 2013 (SAHARA 7) will be held in Dakar, Senegal, and will address the above-mentioned issues. Prof. Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, SAHARA Director, West Africa Region, is chair of SAHARA 7 and will co-host the conference with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD). Prof. Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya, SAHARA Director, head-office, is the convenor and co-chair of the conference. The above-mentioned co-hosts and other key conference partners, namely: SAHARA Eastern and Southern Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), International AIDS Society (IAS), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) HIV Secretariat; are working together to ensure that SAHARA hosts yet another inspiring conference contributing towards finding African solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
What is unique about SAHARA 7?
SAHARA 7 will make a unique contribution by going beyond knowledge sharing through focusing on practical methods on bridging the gap between evidence and action. In this regard, the conference will be characterised by interactive “hands on” sessions on how to transform cutting-edge scientific findings into successful programmes.
Innovations arising from practical experiences; research and programmes conducted in different contexts; and applied versus theoretical tracks have been formulated around the 3D’s (dissemination, diffusion and delivery). The tracks are:
A comprehensive exhibition will form an integral part of SAHARA 7 and will run concurrently with the Conference over four days (4 to 7 October 2013). All the companies will have the unique opportunity to showcase innovative concepts, products, services and new research.
The standard 3 x 3 m Exhibition Stand (@ USD950 Excl. VAT) consists of:
- The floor space in exhibition venue covering an area of 9 square meters
- One electrical power outlet point
- Two chairs
- One table with overlay
For more information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact the SAHARA 7 Conference Secretariat.