Over 115 health facilities apply for PATA 2017 Continental Summit ‘Towards an Aids Free Africa – Delivering on the Frontline’

Applications from health facility teams (comprised of a clinician and senior psychosocial professional) to attend the PATA 2017 Continental Summit ‘Towards an Aids Free Africa – Delivering on the Frontline’ have been rolling and the 50 successfully selected health facilities will be contacted over the next few days by PATA.

The PATA 2017 Continental Summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 23 – 25 October. PATA anticipates that approximately 170 delegates, including 100 frontline health providers and 70 key stakeholders, will attend.

A total of 15 sub-Saharan African countries will be represented at the summit: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The summit will focus on three pillars: FIND, TREAT and CARE that align with the super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa for children and adolescents. The summit provides a regional platform for action – bringing together policy makers, programme implementers and frontline health providers. Together, by sharing best practices in case finding, DSD and resilience-building, we will strengthen our collective efforts to end AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020.

The key objectives of the summit are to:

• Introduce the latest global frameworks and guidance, with a focus on the AIDS Free super-fast-track targets
• Share best practices, research evidence and local case studies to guide the development of Quality Improvement Plans Facilitate dialogue between health providers and Ministries of Health to translate policy into practice and practice into policy
• Prioritise and operationalise the AIDS Free agenda, with a focus on DSD models
• Initiate a Regional Learning Collaborative Forum for Africa-based policy makers and programme implementers for ongoing exchange and learning

With expert speakers and a comprehensive programme to be revealed over the coming weeks, delegates are invited to follow PATA on Facebook and Twitter as well as keep an eye on the News section on the website.

Continental Summit reports from previous years can also be found here.

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