Welcome address to AIDS-2016 participants from Anna Popova

Dear participants of the 21st International AIDS Conference,

 HIV/AIDS is a global issue. This is confirmed by the fact that every country in the world is now affected by the AIDS epidemic. At the same time, HIV/AIDS bears significant regional component. Epidemiological situation with HIV differs from region to region and demonstrates regional specifics. Social, cultural and economic aspects profoundly affect the choice of efficient programmes in response to the epidemic.

At the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in September 2015 world leaders unanimously adopted Sustainable Development Agenda. One of the targets of the Agenda is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. To reach this goal the global community and the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia needs to enhance their efforts in response to HIV.

Besides taking serious national HIV prevention and treatment actions, the Russian Federation highlights the importance to unite regional efforts in response to HIV.  To achieve this, Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conferences are organized once every two years with support from the Government of the Russian Federation and in partnership with UNAIDS.

The Conference has been held in Moscow for the past 10 years. It has become a good tradition to discuss how to consolidate potential of Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries in response to HIV, which remains an acute challenge for this region.

The Conference Programme is evidence-based, and embraces up-to-date fundamental and applied scientific accomplishments in prevention, epidemiology and treatment of HIV. Best regional practices, efficient approaches to respond to the epidemic and countries’ progress are presented. The event aims to ensure experience exchange between the countries and sectors.

We are proud to announce the 6th International Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC-2018) which will become the most representative of all. The Conference is expected to convene more than 3000 participants from 100 countries. Among them: leading scientists, political leaders, healthcare officials, medical professionals, representatives of related international organizations and agencies (WHO, UN, UNAIDS) as well as business and civil society representatives from Russia, the CIS, BRICS, SCO. We also expect guests and  participants from Europe, Latin and North America and Southeast Asia.

We invite you to join us at the 6th International Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference in April 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

We wish the organizers, participants and guests of the 21st International AIDS Conference successful and fruitful meetings and productive work. We will be happy to greet you at EECAAC-2018 in Moscow.

Anna Popova
Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing

Chief State Sanitary Official of the Russian Federation