We have in the past held separate Infectious Disease and HIV conferences but the convergence between many infectious diseases and
HIV cannot be understated. This calls for more coordinated efforts towards achieving control of the various infectious diseases. This year we give the conference a new and more exciting look by bringing together the Infectious Disease Society of Kenya, the HIV Clinicians Society of Kenya and The National AIDS &STI Control Program. We are also for the first time collaborating with the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and hope to bring in more colleagues from the region and the international community.
As we continuously grapple with emerging diseases, outbreaks and pandemics, we have to find ways to build the resilience of our health systems and health care workers to manage the various outbreaks without losing the ball on existing programs such as vaccination, HIV care, Tuberculosis, malaria or NTD eradication. We have to think about how to appropriately steward the resources that we have, such as antimicrobials, so as to reduce emergence of some of the most dangerous and antimicrobial resistant organisms. This calls for all of us to come together, take stock of the lessons we have learnt and listen to what our patients and populations are telling us.
We have put together an exciting and diverse conference program to cover all the key and priority areas in Infectious Disease and HIV. I thank all colleagues who are working quietly in the background to make this conference a success.
I extend a warm welcome to you all. Come, let us learn together.