In the midst of history in South Africa
11 December, 2013
A conference on scaling up the ‘treatment as prevention’ model of combatting HIV and AIDS took us to Cape Town during an historic period for South Africa.
Scaling up HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention: Southern Africa and beyond
Wednesday 11 – Friday 15 December (WP1254)
We convened a meeting in Cape Town mid December to discuss scaling up the global HIV/AIDS response, focusing on treatment as prevention.
This was an historic time to be running a meeting in South Africa as the country and world pay tribute to Nelson Mandela who, amongst his extraordinary achievements, championed international efforts to defeat HIV/AIDS through the 46664 campaign for global change.
This was our second meeting in South Africa, continuing a significant connection which has previously included work on the country’s transition away from apartheid. Conferences in the late 1980s welcomed representatives of the black community and the ruling National Party, allowing them to meet behind closed doors. Providing a safe place for difficult discussions about important issues remains central to our work today.
Tributes were paid to Nelson Mandela during the opening of the conference and there was also a screening of his speech on HIV/AIDS from the 46664 charity concert that took place in Cape Town in 2003.
Conference: Scaling up HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention