Alliance members won several awards at the 15th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), held in Dakar, Senegal on 3-7 December.
Abdelkader Bacha (Alliance secretariat), Milly Katana (Uganda), Magatte Mbodj (ANCS, Senegal) and Professor Femi Soyinka (Nigeria) were honoured at the opening ceremony by the Stop AIDS Alliance and the ICASA chair for their ongoing support of the fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Abdelkader Bacha’s work was again recognised at the 2008 African Community Awards. The ceremony was organised by the African Community Platform formed by the three major civil society networks in Africa: SWAA, NAP+ and AfriCASO.
In addition, two Alliance family members were rewarded by the Society for Women against AIDS in Africa (SWAA). Magatte Mbobj and new trustee Fatimata Sy from Senegal were among twenty activists to receive the African Women Award on AIDS at the African Women's Night.
Alliance publications proved popular among delegates. A representative of a network of community-based youth organisations in Côte d’Ivoire said,
“We see your publications in so many of our partner organisations, and they are so helpful as they are directed to communities rather than big NGOs working in the cities. Without the publications we would still be at a really low level, wanting to improve but just waiting for someone to come and offer us funding… Now we can go out and get funding ourselves!”