This annual workshop started in 2007 as a joint effort
of the Centre for AIDS research (CFAR) of Harvard Medical School and McCord
Hospital (MH), Durban South Africa. The workshop received great acclaim for its
relevance to the growing ART roll out programme in South Africa (SA) and the
ongoing need to care for people living with HIV(PLWH) and those living with advanced
HIV disease and comorbidities.
Through clinical and academic input from several
institutions and experts, the KZN HIV program has benefitted by an improvement
in the quality of care for PLWH in every district. The workshop has also created
a network from where research and health
systems strengthening programs have evolved. Several partners involved over the
years were: Infectious Diseases (ID) Unit of the Nelson Mandela School of
Medicine and Massachusetts General
Hospital of Harvard Medical School ,HIV, TB, STI (HAST) Unit of the KZN Department
of Health (DOH) , SAHIV Clinicians Society and the Centre for
AIDS Research SA (CAPRISA). The conference is geared towards the public and
private health sector health care
workers, researchers and managers.
Aims: The two-day interactive workshop will translate the
latest evidence-based research and apply best practice models of care into good
clinical practice, specifically for resource constrained areas
· Provide updates
in the management of PLWH with new ART regimens , opportunistic infections, comorbidities
and treatment failure in resource-scarce
· Educate on
issues related to HIV in the pediatric population, the PMTCT programme and
experienced clinicians to work independently and serve as consultants in HIV
medicine in different district and community health institutions, and create an
opportunity for networking between HIV clinicians, academicians, researchers
and policy makers.
· Plan with
managers and clinicians within the DOH to achieve priorities in service
delivery and health system strengthening ,especially in reaching the UNAIDS
target of 95-95-95 by 2030.
The conference is organised yearly by Medical,Clinical and Academic
Teaching (MEDICATE)-AIDS, NPC
The cost of registration for AWACC 2022 is
R4500 per delegate . 14 CPD points will be allocated.
Please consider participating in this year’s workshop which
takes place at Tsogo -Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban on 27 and 28 October 2022 .Your
funds will go towards sponsorship and payment of costs related to the speakers
and delegates who require to be subsidised for the registration costs.
Dr Henry Sunpath (MBBS; MFam Med; Dip HIVMan; MPH), Mr. Nash Maharaj (NDM Accounting), Dr. Christina Edwin (MBBS; DipHIVMan; MPhilPal Med)
Dr Henry Sunpath
Dr. Raj Gandhi
(ID Unit Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School)Prof MYS Moosa
(ID Unit, NRMSM at UKZN)
The conference has attracted clinicians (nurses and doctors and pharmacists) from the private sector and public sector. Each year between 300 and 400 delegates have attended. Many medical aid administrators, pharmaceutical reps, heatlh department officials and paraclinical workers have also been part of the workshop.