MSH Participating at Forefront of AIDS Crisis in Africa

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and hundreds of organizations across the world are convening in Dakar, Senegal, on December 3 to disseminate the latest studies and findings on HIV & AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The 15th anniversary of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) will act as a framework to facilitate cooperation and exchange and encourage greater synergy in future activities. MSH’s Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program team in Namibia will present three discussions on HIV & AIDS and pharmaceutical management in Africa. Senior Technical Advisor David Mabirizi, Senior Program Associate Evans Sagwa, and Senior Program Associate Jude Ike Nwokike will address the pharmaceutical personnel crisis in the nation and how it impacts service delivery. Senior Program Associate Charles Ouma, Mr. Mabirizi, and Mr. Nwokike are slated to present information related to the collaboration between information systems and antiretroviral therapy services. Finally, Mr. Mabirizi, Mr. Nwokike, and Mr. Sagwa will discuss a system that monitors adverse drugs and creating an integrated service model. The 15th ICASA conference will take place December 3–7 at the La Meridien President conference center in Dakar, less than a week after the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s conference theme is “Africa’s response: Face the Facts,” a reminder not only of the work done on the continent to battle HIV & AIDS, but also the steps still needed to stop this world burden once and for all. For more information on ICASA 2008, please visit