France’s presence at the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban
The 21st International AIDS Conference took place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 18 to 22 July 2016.
The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV/AIDS, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV/AIDS and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. (Source: AIDS2016)
This year, 18 000 researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, HIV-positive patients and other actors of civil society gathered together for this five-day conference. The final objective is to stop the pandemic by 2030.
Among the French people who attended the conference were Nobel Prize laureate Ms Françoise Barre-Sinoussi; former French Minister of Health and Former Chairman of UNITAID, M. Philippe Douste Blazy; Director of the French National Agency for research on AIDS and Hepatitis and Director of the Microbiology and infectious diseases Institute M. Jean François Delfraissy and French Ambassador to South Africa, Mrs. Elisabeth Barbier.
The conference began with different events focusing global attention on the need to strengthen the global HIV/AIDS response. The theme of the conference was ‘Access Equity Rights Now”, a call to action to work together, to strengthen the commitment to HIV/AIDS research evidence-based interventions, to reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, etc.
On Tuesday 19 July 2016, M. Jean-François Delfraissy read the opening speech for the ANRS Scientific Symposium "Oral PrEP on Demand: An alternative to Daily PrEP?", at the request of Ms Marisole Touraine, French Minister of Social Affairs and Health.
Read the speech here.
On Wednesday 20 July 2016, Ms Marisol Touraine delivered a speech by visioconference for the opening session "Making PrEP real for those who need it most: optimization strategies".
On the same day, Ms Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa, delivered a speech, at the request of Ms Marisol Touraine, for the side event of the United Nations High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
Click here to read the speech.
A Francophone Stand “L’espace Francophone” was installed during the time of the conference in the exhibition Hall. For the first time in an international conference to fight against AIDS, francophone actors from various backgrounds have decided to come together in one space. United by the same language, the Francophone world demonstrated its willingness to contribute together to the global response against HIV/AIDS.
Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa, delivered a speech on Wednesday 20 July 2016, at the request of Ms Marisol Tourain, to inaugurate the Francophone stand.
Read the speech here (in French).
L’Espace francophone was a place for exchange and meetings. In this context, several round tables where organized throughout the conference on the following topics:
- Teenagers and HIV
- Risk reduction / pre-exposure prophylaxis
- People living with HIV and response to the pandemic
- Men who have sex with men / Africagay
- Co-infection Tuberculosis / hepatitis.
All kind of documents were available for a large public, scientific, medical, social, etc.
An event was also organised at the Alliance Française de Durban on Tuesday 19th July where a cocktail was offered to the French participants and some documents on research led by the French Institute of Resaerch and Development (IRD) on AIDS were presented.