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International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
9th November 2000.
DAY 3 :
Session No.1: Focus on Women, Minorities and Children
Chairperson: Mr. Atul Sharma.
Speaker: Dr. Lorena M. Siqueira (USA) - 10.00 - 10.25

Bio-data:
Dr. Lorena Siqueira is a pediatrician at the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center at New York, USA. She has also served as the Clinical Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Currently she also serves as the Director of the "Stop Nicotine Addiction Programme." She has also served in a number of sub-speciality boards of adolescent medicine.


Topic of Presentation:Prevalence Patterns and Correlates of Recent Marijuana Use Among Sexually Active Female Adolescents and Young Adults.
Abstract:Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug among high school students in the USA with surveys indicating increasing lifetime use. The objective of this paper was to determine the prevalence of recent marijuana use among a sample of sexually active adolescents and young adults and to examine differences between health risk behaviours of those with any monthly use versus heavy users of marijuana.

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Speaker: Dr. Yusuf Merchant (India) - 10.25 - 10.50

Bio-data:
Dr. Yusuf Merchant, is one of India's leading anti-drug crusaders.He is the Founder President of Drug Abuse Information Rehabilitation & Research Centre, that is actively involved into research of use, misuse and abuse of drugs, since 1983. D.A.I.R.R.C. is one of India's leading N.G.O., committed to substance abuse prevention strategies, including treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, implementation of drug demand reduction strategies and research in the causes and effects of drug abuse. He has authored several books on Narcotics, including a 515 pages anthology on Narcotics, published by the Commission of European Communities.


Topic of Presentation: The Drug Resistance Education Program - A Case Study.
Abstract:The Drug Resistance Education Program is a social skills training, implemented in 413 schools in Maharashtra, under a 100% grant from the Commission of the European Communities. The objective of this paper was to present an evaluation of this specific intervention strategy, that was targetted on children in the 6th standard. (Total number of beneficiary students were 17, 041 in the period 1992 - 1994).

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Speaker: Prof. Denis Viljoen (South Africa) - 10.50 - 11.15

Bio-data:
Professor Viljoen is the Head of Department, Department of Human Genetics, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a medical geneticist with his main interest lying in the delivery of community genetics in third world nations. His principal research interest lies in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).


Topic of Presentation: Perspectives of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Abstract: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is due to the teratogenic effects of heavy maternal alcohol ingestion on the fetus. The disorder comprises severe neurological sequelae (reduced IQ, behavioural abnormalitites), growth disturbances, organ system anomalies and a characteristic facial appearance. The paper examined various perspectives of FAS in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Questions & Answers - 11.15 - 11.25
Coffee/Tea Break - 11.25 - 11.40

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Session No.2: The Role of the Corporate Sector in Curbing HIV/Substance Abuse.
Chairperson: Mr. Arun Chakraborty.
Speaker: Mr. Suresh Mhatre (India) - 11.40 - 12.05
Bio-data:
Mr. Suresh Mhatre is the Head of HR Sourcing at Tata Consultancy Services. He heads the team that is the largest single recruiter of technical manpower in India. He is amongst the first of the new breed of HR managers in the IT industry with a technical background. He also heads the Project Allocation Group which matches skills with project requests. He spearheads the TCS effort to move to a higher strategic orbit of providing business solutions rather than only IT solutions.


Topic of Presentation: Role of the Corporate Sector.

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Speakers: Dr. Hameed K. Al-Shaygi (Saudi Arabia) 12.05 - 12.30

Bio-data:
Dr. Al-Shaygi is a Ph. D. in Sociology from Bristol University, U.K. He is a professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He has deep academic and research interests in crime, juvenile delinquency, foreign manpower, social problems, correction and punitive institutions, drug and substance abuse prevention.


Topic of Presentation: Effective Utilisation of the Mass Media in Drug Abuse Prevention. Abstract: This paper discussed the role of the mass media in checking drug and substance abuse. The paper is divided into four sections. These are: 1) The role of mass media in our daily life 2) Negative impact of the mass media 3) The Role of the mass media in drug prevention 4) General guidelines for drug prevention campaigns.

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Speakers: Mr. Rajendra R. Prasad (India) - 12.30 - 12.55

Bio-data:
Mr. Rajendra R. Prasad is the Senior Director and Financial Controller of the American Express Bank, in Mumbai, with over a decade in the Corporate field. He currently ensures the integrity of financial data, compliance with internal control procedures and external regulations, and oversees financial administration, budget planning, forecasts and analysis.


Topic of Presentation: Role of the Corporate Sector.
Abstract: All of world trade in the whole of 1949 happens in a single day today. The equivalent of all the science done in 1960 happens in one day today. All of the foreign exchange dealings around the world in 1979 happens in a day today. All the telephone calls made around the world in 1984 happens in one day today. The equivalent of all the e-mails sent around the world in 1989 happens in one day now. That is the reality of the speed and extent of change through which we are all now living, for which many companies are responsible.


Speakers: Mr. Sanjeev Gandhi (India) -12.55 - 13.20
Bio-data:
Mr. Sanjeev Gandhi is a well-known TV producer in India, who has a firm grip on all creative aspects of production from conception to the complete designing of shows. He is also well-versed with all technical aspects of television production, including non-linear and animation equipment. He uses his excellent communication skills coupled with his technical expertise to produce hard-hitting socially aware programmes that reflect the current trends and exhort the necessity of change, in true dramatic style, that brooks no compromise.


Topic of Presentation: The Role of the Corporate Sector with regards to the Electronic Media

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Questions & Answers - 13.20 - 13.30
Lunch Break - 13.30 - 14.00
9th November 2000 - PART 2 >>

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