Abstract Submissions and Scholarship Applications Now Open for the 10th SAAIDS Conference

Abstract Submissions and Scholarship Applications Now Open for the 10th SAAIDS Conference

Abstract Submissions and Scholarship Applications Now Open for the 10th South African AIDS Conference 2021

The world is facing global uncertainties with unprecedented socio-economic and political upheavals, funding uncertainties and global pandemics, COVID-19 being the latest threat. From the onset of the pandemic, scientists expressed concern over the impact of COVID-19 on people living with HIV (PLHIV) particularly in a country like South Africa with the highest burden of HIV. Although it doesn’t seem like PLHIV have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, local studies have highlighted the risk of severe disease and mortality in PLHIV infected with COVID-19. The pandemic has also indirectly threatened access to HIV service delivery for various reasons.

Although South Africa has made huge strides towards HIV epidemic control, this is currently under threat from COVID-19 and the risk of reversing gains made in the South African HIV response is real. We urgently need to find ways to jointly navigate the HIV response through new global and local challenges to reach and maintain HIV epidemic control. Join us as we convene the SA AIDS 2021 conference to address HIV in the context of global pandemics and local epidemics.

The conference is hosted by Dira Sengwe and organised by the Foundation for Professional Development and will be taking place from 08-11 June 2021. This will also mark 10 years of making a difference in people’s lives since the first SA AIDS Conference in 2003.

We are pleased to announce that abstract submission and scholarship applications are now open.

The Conference theme is “Ending AIDS & Global Pandemics” and will cover the following tracks:

  • Track 1: Basic and Clinical Science – HIV including COVID-19
  • Track 2: Epidemiology, Mathematical modelling & Surveillance of HIV and related comorbidities
  • Track 3: Implementation Science: Technologies, Innovations and methods for scaling up effective interventions
  • Track 4: Community and Civil Society engagement Track 5: Policy and Society


Delegates include basic scientists, medical practitioners, social scientists and representatives from the public sector, NGO and faith-based sectors and the corporate sector. The conference will be a blended format with the option of either in-person or virtual attendance. COVID-19 infection prevention control measures will be strictly adhered to for those opting to attend in person.

You are invited to submit an abstract and apply for a scholarship to become part of this all important conference via the Conference website at www.saaids.com

For more information on the conference, please visit www.saaids.com or email info@saaids.co.za

For registration inquiries please contact:

  • E-mail: registrations@saaids.co.za
  • Call / WhatsApp +27 607 226 516 /+27 607 216 706
  • Fax: +27 0 86 524 8897



Dr Gloria Maimela
10th SA AIDS Conference Chairperson
Director of Health Programmes at Wits RHI
B-Nursing (Wits); MBBCH (Wits); Dip HIV Man (CMSA); MBA (GIBS)