Partner Organisations



The Society for AIDS In Africa (SAA), the custodian of ICASA, and its South African partner Dira Sengwe, supported by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), are the lead organisers of ICASA 2013. The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) was founded in 1989, at the fourth International Symposium on AIDS and Associated Cancers in Africa (now ICASA) held in Marseilles, France, by a group of African scientists, activists and advocates. The establishment of the Society was the result of advocacy by African scientists, started in 1988, for the ICASA conference to be organised by Africans – a cause supported by the then Executive Director of UNAIDS, Dr. Peter Piot. This movement eventually led to the establishing of SAA, a non-governmental- and not-for-profit organisation. Founding members of the SAA were: Prof. Mboup from Senegal, Prof. Kaptue from Cameroon, Dr. Okware from Uganda, Prof. Soyinka from Nigeria, Prof. Kadio and Prof. Gershey-Damet from Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Patrick and Dr. B. Owili from Kenya, Dr. Pelle from Congo Brazzaville, Dr. Kalenganyi and Dr Kapita from DR Congo, Prof. Mhalu from Tanzania, Prof. Luo from Zambia, Prof. Latif from Zimbabwe, Dr. Abdulrahman Sow from Mauritania, Dr. Philip Kanki from the USA, Prof. Benslimane from Morocco, Dr. Mohamoud from Sudan and Prof. Zribi from Tunisia. (For additional information on SAA please access the website


The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) provides the operational and financial management of the ICASA 2013 Conference. FPD is a leading African health development organisation established by the South African Medical Association in 1997. FPD is based in South Africa but carries out its activities in numerous African countries. FPD is a registered Private Institution of Higher Education and annually provides management and clinical training to more than 30 000 students across the region. In partnership with the South African Government FPD has supported access to AIDS treatment to more than 200 000 PLHIV. Part of its educational mandate is to organise numerous conferences, including: the bi-annual SA AIDS Conference (in partnership with Dira Sengwe), the bi-annual SA TB Conferences, the OVC in Africa Conference and a number of other international conferences. (For additional information on FPD please access the website (