Message From Chair/Co-Chair

The 11th SAAIDS Conference 2023, under the Theme: Act, Connect and End the Epidemic will be at the Durban ICC on the 20th -23rd June, 2023. Now, more than ever before, we need to ACT to end an epidemic that has been a part of our lives for decades. We hope to do this by bringing the HIV community together under the same roof, post the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, to deliberate on next steps towards an AIDS free generation in 2030. In this conference, we wish for people living with HIV, global and local policy makers, public and private sector officials, research scientists, donors, academics, clinicians, and civil society to continue the conversations, to jointly share new evidence and innovations that will help us end the HIV epidemic once and for all.

Conference Chair

Dr Gloria Maimela, Director: Climate and Health

Dr Gloria Maimela is a Medical Doctor with vast experience in HIV treatment and prevention programming and recently climate change and health. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, a Diploma in HIV Management and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Conference Co-Chair

Dr Thato Chidarikire

Dr Thato Chidarikire is currently Director for HIV Prevention Programmes in the National Department of Health in South Africa.  She’s also Acting Chief Director for Child, Youth and School health Programmes. She holds a PhD Degree from University of the Witwatersrand, with a specialty in Virology.