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International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
3rd December, 2002
 

Session No. 1:
Cost effective Prevention Education.

Chair:
Mr. Bhavnesh Sawhney, India

Keynote address by Chief Guest of Honour:
Mr. K. Vaidyanathan, (Project Director, AVERT-USAID, India) 10.30 - 10.45

  Speaker:
Dr. Rosy M. Chhabra
(Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA) 10.45 - 11.10
Biodata:
Dr. Rosy Chhabra has been involved in working with HIV infected minority population for the last ten years. Her work in the past has focused on quality of life issues of HIV infected population and in designing support programs for women.

Dr. Yusuf Merchant,
DAIRRC, India  10.45 - 11.10
Dr. Yusuf Merchant is the president of Drug Abuse Information Rehabilitation and Research Centre and also of the Hope 2002 International Conference. He has conducted Drug Intervention Education that has reached over 40,000 students, has trained members of the Enforcement agencies and has been conducting a Rehabilitation program for the last 20 years , which has a current success rate of about 85 percent.

Dr Yusuf Merchant and Dr Rosy Chhabra are jointly conducting STEP, an HIV education program jointly organized by the World AIDS Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & DAIRRC.

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Topic of Presentation:
International Technology Transfer of HIV Prevention Education Programs.

Abstract:
About thirty percent (300 million) of India’s total population is between the ages of 10 to 24 years (UNFPA, 2000). The attitude, health-related experiences and behavior of these youth directly impacts the future of Indian society as these variables affect their educational, social and financial choices. This paper outlined a methodology designed to combine elements of the models of successful curriculum based HIV prevention programs in the US with the existing community-based efforts in India to guide our approach to HIV/AIDS awareness propagation.

Speaker:
Ms Reyna Kasiram (Addington Hospital, South Africa) 11.10 - 11.35
Biodata:
Ms. Reyna Kasiram is a researcher and physiotherapist who is intimately involved with HIV/AIDS on a daily basis. She has undertaken 4 years of practical work training and was inspired by her experience to research knowledge and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS. She has had physiotherapy experience in several provinces in South Africa and is very knowledgeable in the field of caring for the HIV/AIDS patient.

Topic of Presentation:
A Study on Knowledge and Attitude to HIV/AIDS : Contributing to Holistic, Quality Care

Abstract:
The presentation purported to provide researched evidence that underscored the need for education and knowledge amongst professional care givers to promote holistic, quality service provision to those with the disease.

Speaker:
Dr.Saraswathi Sankaran (Deepam Educational Society for Health (DESH), India) 11.35 - 12.00
Biodata:
Dr.Saraswathi Sankaran is a sociologist specialized in lifestyle analysis. She has worked for over two decades as a Counsellor in areas of ‘Level of Living’, ‘Welfare’, ‘Alcoholism’, and ‘Drug Abuse’. She has been involved in AIDS control programs advocating ‘no risk’ lifestyle and Reproductive and Child Health in the last 15 years.

Topic of Presentation:
Role of the Corporate Sector.

Abstract:
This presentation displays that through workplace education and a supportive system an industry can significantly prevent HIV/AIDS amongst employees as well as remove myths and misconceptions.
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Expert opinion of Guest of Honour:
Dr. Alka Gogate
(Project Director, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society, India) 12.00 - 12.15

Questions and Answers: 12.15 - 12.45

Lunch break: 12.45 - 13.15


Session No. 2:
Practical aspects of living with HIV

Chair:
Mr. Ismail Niyaz, Maldives

Speaker:
Dr. Manu N Kulkarni (Help Opportunity Promote Empathy (HOPE) Foundation, India) 13.15 - 13.40
Biodata:
Dr Manu N Kulkarni worked with UNICEF for 20 long years. He studied in Bombay University and Johns Hopkins University and specialized in Public Health. He attended 6th ICAP in Melbourne and is active in ICAP body.

Topic of Presentation:
Retailing Good Health- An experience with a Petroleum Company

Abstract:
The Hope Foundation and Bharat Petroleum have set up what is called Diagnostic Picture Tests Kiosk in One Stop Truck Shop in Dhon (A.P) in the Petrol Bunk operated by the Company. This has helped to educate hundreds of truckers to think about their STIs and about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. The experiment is in the initial stages, and the findings were discussed in this paper.
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3rd December 2002. Continued...>>
 
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