International Conference on HIV/AIDS and
It is a personal
honor and pleasure for me to be the Convenor of Hope 2002 –
International Conference on Substance Abuse and
AIDS/HIV Information and Education. It is a great privilege to
welcome this celebrated gathering of professionals from both
these fields as a part of Hope 2002.
According to the National Aids Control Organisation there are
over 3.97 million cases of HIV infections in India. The
problems of HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse have been growing at
alarming proportions over the last decade in India, and I have
personally seen these problems affecting almost every strata
of the social milieu of India. It has been my personal
endeavor to combat these problems in any small way that I can
and helping organize this conference has been one such step.
It has been a very satisfying experience for me and I hope
this conference will help in formulating both a global and an
indigenous strategy aimed at combating both the Substance
Abuse and AIDS / HIV problems.
I welcome all the delegates to Hope 2002.
Convenor of Hope 2002,
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