The Society for AIDS in Africa was founded in 1989 at the fourth International Symposium on AIDS and Associated Cancers in Africa (now ICASA) held in Marseille France by a group of African scientist, activists and advocates in response to this epidemic. The establishment of the Society was the effect of the agitations of some African scientists for the conference to be organized on the African soil. These agitations had begun the previous year (1988) at the third meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference had until then been organized outside the African continent. The cause of these scientists was supported by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot. The Society is non-governmental and not-for profit.
At the 1990 conference held in DR Congo, an executive committee was established to oversee the establishment of the society and to coordinate subsequent ICASA meetings. The society was officially registered in Nairobi, Kenya.
Founding members of the SAA are: Prof. Mboup from Senegal, Prof. Kaptue from Cameroon, Dr.Sam Okware from Uganda, Prof. Soyinka from Nigeria, Prof. Kadio and Prof. Gershey-Damet from Cote d Ivore, Dr. Patrick Kenya and Dr. Owili from Kenya, Dr. M Pelle from Congo Brazzaville, Dr. Kalenganyi and Dr Kapita from DR Congo, Prof. Mhalu from Tanzania, Prof. Luo from Zambia, Prof. Latif from Zimbabwe, Dr. Abdulrahman Sow from Mauritania, Dr. Kanki P from USA, Prof. Abdellah Benslimane from Morocco, Dr. Fatia Mohamoud from Sudan and Prof. Ahmed Zribi from Tunisia.
Dr. Ahmed Ihab
Dr. Ihab Ahmed Abdelrahman, MD, Ph.D. with a major in health policy, epidemiologist with fellowship in applied field epidemiology with CDC Atlanta and Atlanta University, over 23 years’ experience in the medical field with 17 years’ experience in epidemiology and over 14 years’ experience in HIV and AIDS response, had over 30 years’ experiences in management, training, computer, electronics engineering, authoring and research fields, a former Consultant to the assistant of the Health Minister, National AIDS program manager, and Vice President of SAA, a member of WHO HIV Clinical Guideline Development Group 2012 to 2013.
Prof. Serge Paul Eholie
Professeur Titulaire des Universités au Département de Dermatologie-Infectiologie de l’Unité de Formation et de Recherche des Sciences Médicales d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Praticien Hospitalier au Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Treichville, à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Spécialiste en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales
Coordonnateur Adjoint du site en Côte d’Ivoire de l’Agence Nationale Française de Recherche sur le SIDA et les Hépatites Virales (ANRS)
Formateur aux cours et séminaires organisés par le Programme National de Prise en Charge des Personnes Vivant avec le VIH en Côte d’Ivoire (PNPEC) sur la prise en charge médicale des personnes vivant avec le VIH.