Published on 02/11/2022

ENDA Santé at the Scientific Days on AIDS in Senegal

Tuesday, November1, 2022 Dakar- The National Council for the Fight against AIDS CNLS organizes from1 to 3 November, the3rd edition of the Scientific Days AIDS Senegal (JSSS) on the theme: AIDS in the context of COVID-19 and emerging diseases. What strategies to reduce inequalities?

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Health and Social Action, Dr Marie Khémes Ngom Ndiaye. Professor Moussa Seydi, godfather and Professor Coumba Touré Kane, godmother of the JSSS, partners and actors of HIV response also took part in the meeting.

This 3rd edition will see the participation of 500 experts. There will be 274 presentations including 82 oral and 184 posters. ENDA Santé participates in these days with about twenty selected publications.

The JSSS have become an essential part of the response in Senegal. They help to develop the dynamism of the fight against HIV and to structure the relations between researchers, decision-makers and actors involved in the fight against HIV for more efficiency in the response to HIV, says the executive secretary of the CNLS, Dr Safiétou Thiam.

We are in a difficult context with climate change, conflicts, wars but also the emergence of new pandemics. This must lead us to rethink our strategies to preserve our achievements and reposition the fight while avoiding inequalities, said the professor.

Coumba Toure Kane

While the HIV response has developed a lot of experience in dealing with the HIV pandemic, more needs to be done according to the stakeholders. The health care system has suffered enormous impacts that have highlighted inequalities.

These days will thus provide a space for exchanges on this relevant theme. Experts, participants and all actors in the HIV response will develop ideas and innovative strategies on access to HIV care services, co-morbidities, emerging and re-emerging pandemics and basic research targeting young populations and address this issue at the heart of the response.