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

Session No. 1:
Focus on Women and Drugs.

Chair:
Mr. Bhavnesh Sawhney, India

 
Speaker:
Dr Pratima Murthy (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India) 10.30 - 10.55
Biodata:
Dr.Pratima Murthy is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India.

Topic of Presentation:
Women and Drugs

Abstract:
The presentation discussed findings emerging from studies on the various aspects of substance abuse in relation to women in India, the patterns and consequences of substance use, and a gender comparison of substance use, and examined them in the light of the status and decision making latitudes of women in India.

Speaker:
Dr. Shobha Lal Kapoor (Mukti Sadan Foundation, India) 10.55 - 11. 20

 
Biodata:
Dr. Shobha L Kapoor completed her MA, M. Phil and PhD in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is the Executive Director of the Mukti Sadan Foundation since 1987.

Topic of Presentation:
A Study of Women Drug Users and Sex Workers in India

Abstract:
The paper highlighted the major findings and the recommendations arising out of the present study, with the objective of focusing exclusively on the extent, pattern, trends and consequences of substance use on women in India, which include the development of integrated community based projects for women users, and the provision of a range of gender sensitive programmes including harm reduction approaches along a continuum of care.
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Speaker:
Ms. Rizwana Ghadiali Nulwala (Seva Dhan, India) 11.20 - 11.45
Biodata:
Ms. Rizwana Ghadiali Nulwala is a post graduate in Social Work, and a graduate in Psychology. She has been actively working in the area of women's addiction, since 1999. Presently she is the Director of the women's Centre of Seva Dhan, the only one of its kind, in Mumbai.

Topic of Presentation:
Women in Addiction - Seva Dhan's experience.

Abstract:
This paper shared the author's experience of working with women in addiction - an unexplored and neglected area of intervention. She  outlined the issues faced by women, in addiction, and the challenges it poses to healthcare professionals.
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Speaker:
Ms. Enisha Sarin (Sharan, India) 11.45 - 12.10
Biodata:
Ms. Enisha Sarin holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Delhi University and Masters in Health Science from Johns Hopkins School Public Health. She is currently engaged with Johns Hopkins University on a collaborative research project (on IDU and HIV) with Sharan, New Delhi. Apart from the above mentioned research project, she also coordinates the women drug users project of Sharan funded by UNDCP.

Topic of Presentation:
Vulnerability to HIV among the urban poor women drug users in Delhi- is it a big enough problem?

Abstract:
Women drug users in India are hidden, more so those from an urban slum milieu. Work among women users in Delhi has revealed that engaging in high risk behaviour such as prostitution to sustain their and their partnersí drug habit, wide prevalence of STIs, low nutrition, poor general health status make the women vulnerable to HIV infection. However, the issue of women drug use has not been addressed in the national policies for drug use or health. This paper discussed the necessity to advocate changes in policy circles as well as provide services to women users that address their unique and separate needs, before HIV intervention can really work.
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Questions and Answers: 12.10 - 12.40

Lunch Break: 12.40 - 13.10

Session No. 2
Awareness propagation and dissemination

Chair:
Mr. Navneet Singh, India

Speaker:
Mr. Akwatu Khenti (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada) 13.10 - 13.35

Biodata:
Mr. Akwatu Khenti is Director of International Health Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is also the former Director of the Centre's Education and Training Services and Program Manager of the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

Topic of Presentation:
Developing and delivering culturally relevant international addiction training: Learning From Past Experiences - Preparing for New Challenges.

Abstract:
The paper examined some fundamental guiding principles which the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health identified and subscribed to over its 27 year history of planning and delivering international training. It also examined the rationale of international training seeking not to duplicate imbalanced power relations, but to create dynamic and culturally appropriate addiction training and services. Participants were invited to discuss this paper in relation to their own contexts and experiences of the development, delivery and relevance of international addiction training models.
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Speaker:
Mr. Surinder Saini (Jalandhar Welfare Society, India) 13.35 - 14.00
Biodata:
Mr. Surinder Saini is a State Awardee, and a UNICEF observer in Punjab. He runs RCH programmes in slums, is a National Human Rights activist, and a Blood donation motivator.

Topic of Presentation:
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Punjab, India.

Abstract:
This paper shared about the problems of the people of the state of Punjab, in India, where unprotected sex is highly prevalent. The population in this part of country consists of both urban and rural people. The paper examined their unique problems, and discussed probable alternatives for controlling the spread of the virus.
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