A LOOK BACK AT THE PREVIOUS PATA SUMMITS
PATA 2017 Continental Summit
Towards an AIDS Free Africa – Delivering on the frontline was the focus of the PATA 2017 Continental Summit, held from 23-25 October 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting brought together over 200 delegates including frontline health providers from 56 health facilities across 15 sub-Saharan African countries. They were joined by programme implementers and policy-makers from across the globe, to link and learn across programmes, policy and geography.
The summit centred around three pillars – FIND, TREAT and CARE – which support the UNAIDS superfast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women globally by 2020. The three-day meeting used plenary sessions, programme showcases, workshops and panels to provide technical guidance, highlight best practices, discuss programmatic barriers and solutions and build skills. The summit culminated in attending health facility teams completing a draft quality improvement plan (QIP) to implement a simple, feasible activity or promising practice that will improve paediatric and/or adolescent HIV service delivery in 2018. Together, these 53 projects will support collective efforts on the frontline to reach the urgent global HIV targets.