We welcome you to participate in the largest virtual convention – Maisha HIV and AIDS Conference themed ‘Towards the Last Mile: Resilience and Innovations’ on 14th -16th July 2021.
It has been 40 years since the first case of HIV was discovered in Kenya. And for the ensuing nearly four decades, scientists, researchers, community health workers, among other stakeholders, have been in the frontline of prevention and treatment of the disease through biomedical and behavioural interventions. For example, Kenya’s contribution to Vaccine development remains highly regarded, with trials in Kenya offering hope for a future free of HIV.
Beyond biomedical research, Kenya is known for developing informed strategies based on evidence that continues to guide the local and global policies. This is due to the use of reliable data to make the county focus on the key HIV transmission areas and populations to reduce new infections.
Over the last ten years, the National AIDS Control Council has hosted a biennial Maisha HIV and AIDS Conference that brings together stakeholders, drawn locally, regionally, and internationally. They range from policymakers, researchers, programmers, implementing partners and communities who will share emerging and new findings of HIV and the lessons learnt from HIV response.
Again, the unprecedented global Covid-19 pandemic has posed even a critical problem to those living with various pre-existing conditions, let alone HIV. This year’s conference is timely to address the recent scientific breakthroughs and address the critical issues surrounding our collective response to HIV including the disruptions caused by emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The climax of the conference will be the recognition and rewarding of Kenyans who have contributed significantly to HIV research and community advocacy and the launch of 47 County AIDS Implementation Plans that will provide a significant guide for impactful HIV response at the community level for the next five years.
This year’s Maisha HIV and AIDS Conference will be virtual with many interesting sessions with notable speakers lined up to steer the deliberations on issues such as:
• Readiness to consume new findings from cutting edge research.
You can’t afford to miss exciting sessions that will inform the future of the country’s HIV response in building resilience and innovations towards the last mile.
Registration is ongoing and is free via the link: https://mc21.nacc.or.ke/