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International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
9th November 2000.
Speaker: Dr. I. S. Gilada (India) - 14.00 - 14.25

Bio-data:
Dr. I. S. Gilada is a medical doctor, and India's foremost specialist in HIV/AIDS. Among his numerous achievements, he has established and has been managing People's Health Organisation (India) {formerly Indian Health Organisation (IHO)} since April 1982; which is acclaimed for its intervention projects in AIDS and prostitution. The U.S.-India Business Council named PHO the most outstanding Indian NGO in 1997. He had established Asian Solidarity against AIDS in 1991 and he is the Secretary General of ASAA since then.


Topic of Presentation:National Scenario - Current Status and Future Projections for Socio-economic Impact (Epidemiology/Modelling).
Abstract:With a sixth of the world's population, India has a fifth of the world's HIV cases. The socio-cultural diversity, a unique feature of India, presents a major challenge compounded by illiteracy(48%), poverty(GNP Rs.17,800), ignorance(> 50% people unaware of AIDS) and large population and flooded with superstitions, AIDS dissenters, quacks claiming AIDS-cures, exploitations and suitcase scientists. The paper analysed these aspects alongwith socio-economic consequences of the epidemic and fall-outs of discrimination and human right violations and examines possible solutions.

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Speaker:Dr. Biral Mullick (India) - 14.25 - 14.50

Bio-data:
Dr. Mullick holds a doctorate from the Calcutta University, and is the Director of Humanity Association. He has conducted research on HIV/STD in India, and runs 350 training units all over India for basic health workers. He is also the Director of the RCH program for girl students in West Bengal.


Topic of Presentation: Development of Third World Countries depends on Social Work.
Abstract:The paper discussed the aspects of conformity, training, financial settlement, and difficulties experienced in the implementation of the HA organised Community Medical Service Training Programme which has 229 units all over India with 44620 members.

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Speaker: Dr. Shobha Yohan (India) - 14.50 - 15.15

Bio-data:
Dr. Shobha Yohan is a qualified doctor, and the Senior Programme Co-ordinator of the AIDS desk of the Christian Medical Association of India, looking after all HIV/AIDS related programmes and activities. She has 27 years of experience both in government and private organisations.


Topic of Presentation: AIDS Education for Churches.
Abstract: The paper discussed the prevention and control of AIDS through capacity building of member hospitals and strengthening the ability of churches to deal with the issue of HIV/AIDS, and examined the Christian Medical Association of India's experience in this area.

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Speaker: Dr. Manu Kulkarni (India) - 15.15 - 15.40

Bio-data:
Dr. Kulkarni holds a doctorate from the John Hopkins School of Public Health in USA, and is the Chairman and the Honorary Trustee of HOPE Foundation with its operations at Bangalore, Bhopal and Delhi.


Topic of Presentation: Trucker's Sex Behaviour and their Perception of HIV/AIDS - Illustrations from Bombay-Agra Highway.
Abstract: Truckers (Drivers) of long distance heavy-duty vehicles are one of the high risk groups of people in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The paper discussed the findings of a research study conducted on trucker's sex behaviour and their perception of HIV/AIDS in selected high density traffic spots of a national highway.
Questions & Answers - 15.40 - 15.50
Coffee/Tea Break - 15.50 - 16.05

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Session No.4: Recovery.
Chairperson: Ms. Neela Shah.
Speaker: Mr.Clark R. N. Carr (USA) - 16.05 - 16.30

Bio-data:
Mr. Suresh Mhatre Mr.Clark Carr is the President of International Narconon network of more than 75 rehabilitation and prevention centers in 28 countries. He has spoken on behalf of the drug-free social education rehabilitation model on dozens of radio and television stations worldwide and has been published in the national and international press. He has addressed international conferences all over the world, as well as before Health and/or Drug Abuse Committees of numerous legislative bodies.


Topic of Presentation: The Psycho-therapeutic and Health Potentials of the Narconon Drug-free Social Education Rehabilitation Model, including a protocol of reduction of persistent residual drug toxins.
Abstract: The paper illustrated the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program that effectively reduces the body's toxic burden through a regimen of vitamin/mineral supplementation, aerobic exercise, and intensive sweating in low-heat dry saunas, along with a review of the scientific literature confirming that residual drug toxins store for long periods in the body, and the multitude of symptoms and complaints deriving from this.

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Speakers: Dr. Patrick D. Smith (Canada) - 16.30 - 16.55

Bio-data:
Dr.Patrick Smith is the Vice President of the Addiction Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Head of the Addiction Psychiatry Program at the University of Toronto. His clinical and research interests include adolescent substance abuse and mental health, alcohol and drug expectancies, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and cross-cultural factors in substance abuse and mental health.


Topic of Presentation: Individualized Treatment Programming : A Mixed Stepped Care Matching Approach. Abstract: This presentation outlined how addiction treatment services can be developed and delivered in a way that maximises the potential to individually tailor treatment plans to meet the needs of a diverse group of clients. A mixed stepped-care / matching approach will be discussed with a focus on involving the client in constructing their treatment experience. Finally, a standardised assessment and follow-up satisfaction and outcome system was discussed in a way of tracking cost effectiveness of services.

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Speakers: Mr. Gene Wall Cole (USA) - 16.55 - 17.20

Bio-data:
Mr. Gene Wall Cole is a recovering drug addict and member of an American organisation "Awakening Imaginations". An artist and business owner by profession, he shared his experiences on the Road to Recovery from Substance Abuse.


Topic of Presentation: My Road to Recovery from Alcoholism.

Speakers: Mr.Vikram Tuli (India) - 17.20 - 17.45
Bio-data:
Mr.Vikram Tuli is a recovering heroin addict, who is 14 years "clean". Has given up drugs at DAIRRC's rehabilitation centre in 1987. Followed up with Narcotics Anonymous meetings.


Topic of Presentation: The Joy of Sobriety - One Day at a time.

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Questions & Answers - 17.45 - 18.00

President: Dr.Yusuf Merchant
H-1, Sitaram Building, Palton Road, Mumbai 400001, INDIA.
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