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International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
2nd December, 2002
 

 
Speaker:
Dr. I.S.Gilada (UNISON MEDICARE & RESEARCH CENTRE and Peoples Health Organisation, India) 14.00 - 14.25

Bio-data:
Dr.I.S.Gilada is the first person who raised an alarm against AIDS in India in 1985 and is described as the ‘Indian Machinegun against AIDS’. He has been the best known AIDS Expert for bringing India on AIDS control map of the world, carrying out social reforms through medical profession. He is the founder and secretary general of Peoples Health Organisation (India) and Asian Solidarity against AIDS; Editor-Publisher of AIDS ASIA and founder of India’s first Comprehensive HIV Care clinic - Unison Medicare & Research Centre in Mumbai.

Topic of Presentation:
Comprehensive, Cost-Efficient HIV Management in India.

Abstract:
With an estimated 12 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PHO), India has a major challenge to transgress knowledge and commitment into action for HIV management. This presentation examined how systematic handling of PLWHA, by indigenously modifying treatment, drug combinations and protocol can increase affordability and help improve their survival. Unison Medicare with 4100 PLWHA under its follow-up is one step in that direction.

Speaker:
Mr.Jasmir Thakur (Samabhavana Society, India) 14.25 - 14.50
Bio-data:
Mr. Jasmir Thakur is the Founder and Secretary of the Samabhavana Society, India. He helps HIV positive persons for Opportunistic Infections and Gay lesbian Bisexual Transgender counseling and Outreach workers and Peer leaders training.

Topic of Presentation:
KAPB study of Male Sex Workers, and Masseurs in Mumbai metro, India.

Abstract:
There was an indication of the group of male sex workers and masseurs, indulging in high-risk sexual behaviour and hence the need for studying their Knowledge, attitude, behaviour and perception with regard to HIV/AIDS, before beginning any intervention. This paper discussed the findings of that study.
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Questions and Answers 14.50 - 15.20

Tea Break 15.20 - 15.35

Session No. 3
Tackling the HIV problem, at home, at school and at the workplace.

Chair:
Mr. Sheetal Doshi, India

Speaker:
Prof. Madhu Kasiram (University of Durban, South Africa) 15.35 - 16.00
Biodata:
Prof. Madhu Kasiram is a lecturer at the University of Durban-Westville, lecturing in family therapy and engaged in research directly with post graduate students in the area of AIDS. She strongly believes that family therapy, moral regeneration and networking are to be aggressively accessed in the war against AIDS.

Topic of Presentation:
Winning the War Against AIDS:A Family Therapist's Interactionist Perspective

Abstract:
The aim of the presentation was to provide delegates with bold, experience-based information within an ecosystemic paradigm, and to promote international debate to arrive at an ever expanding and evolving pool of knowledge in the area of HIV/AIDS.
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Speaker:
Dr. Mira B. Aghi (Taleem, Ahmedabad, India) 16.00 - 16.25
Biodata:
Dr.Mira B Aghi holds a PhD in Psychology, Loyola University, Chicago. She is a behavioral Scientist and Communication Expert, A WHO Gold Medalist for Tobacco Control Activities and Director of Research for Meena Communication Initiative of UNICEF, South Asia.

Topic of Presentation:
Feasibility of HIV/AIDS prevention by educating the very young

Abstract:
This paper presents a case study of developing a communication package for the very young by conducting an intensive/ extensive Formative Research in South Asia. It also included a utilization strategy for children both in and out of school.

Speaker:
Dr. Damodar V.M. (SNS Foundation - Anand Welfare Centre, India) 16.25 - 16.50

Biodata:
Dr.Damodar is a Medical Consultant (Industries), and the Programme Director, Health Education, SNS Foundation - Anand Welfare Centre, India.

Topic of Presentation:
Prevention of HIV/AIDS in Industrial Labourers

Abstract:
SNS Foundation is a pioneer, and an NGO in the country to take up the project of HIV/AIDS prevention in the corporate sector. Currently they are working in the 2nd phase for Industrial migrant labourers as a targetted Intervention project to prevent HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with MDACS and Mutual AIDS Response Group (Industries from Mulund to Kurla). The paper examined their experiences.
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Speaker:
Mr. Kiran Paudel (New Vision Nepal) 16.50 - 17.15
Biodata:
Mr. Kiran Paudel has worked in Drug Abuse Demand Reduction Project, Ministry of Home Affairs, His Majesty's Government of Nepal in the capacity of Program Officer. He is now working in "New Vision Nepal" which focuses on Drug and HIV/AIDS prevention. The programs are being conducted in different part of Kingdom of Nepal.

Topic of Presentation:
Role of Local Health Workers in Drug Abuse Prevention

Abstract:
This paper discussed the findings of residential “ Drug Preventive Training for Local Health Workers” that have been conducted in 9 different parts of the Kingdom of Nepal.
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Questions and Answers: 17.15 - 17.45

Important Announcements: 17.45 - 18.00

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