Durban - The eThekwini Municipality will host the International Aids Conference in 2016, it was announced on Tuesday.
Head of the Aids 2016 Local Office, Dr Memory Muturiki, said more than 20 000 delegates would descend on Durban to discuss the latest global responses to the epidemic, including scientific research, public health implementation, and human rights.
“The International Aids Conference is a bridge between multiple health specialities and a crucial venue for civil rights engagement and government and government accountability,” Muturiki said.
“Sub-Saharan Africa has the most serious HIV/Aids epidemic in the world. In 2012, roughly 25 million people in Africa were living with HIV, accounting for nearly 70% of the global epidemic.
“In the same year we had an estimated 1.6 million new infections and 1.2 million Aids-related deaths,” she said.
First published on News24.com on 26 May 2015