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AIDS In India: Progress And Opportunities

Press Release

IHO Presents its 4th AIDS-India Conference

Friday, December 2, 2005
Venue: Snyder Auditorium
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Welcome Address:
Barry R. Bloom, PhD, Dean of Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health

Keynote Speaker:
Ambassador Teresita Schaffer
Director, South Asia Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies, WDC

Corporate Sector Speaker:
Mr. Bharat Wakhlu
President, TATA Inc., USA

Other distinguished speakers from academic, corporations, non-profit organizations to present updates and strategies on addressing the AIDS epidemic in India!!

AIDS in India:  According to UNAIDS, India has the second highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the world - estimated to be more than five million.  It has one of the highest rates of new HIV infections and thus, by 2015, is projected to become the world epicenter of the AIDS pandemic. The socio-economic devastation caused by the AIDS epidemic may well decimate all the gains made by the Indian economy.  AIDS-India Conference: IHO has been a leader in promoting international discourse on the AIDS pandemic in the Indian Subcontinent since 1992.  This conference will present perspectives on the status and impact of AIDS in India, and explore strategies to strengthen the collaboration between India and the United States in confronting this enormous challenge.  It aims to gather local, national, and international experts from government, non-government, corporate, education, and charitable sectors.  Its goal is to develop cross-cutting strategies to fight the AIDS epidemic and its consequences upon the social and economic fabric of India. It will provide updates on HIV/AIDS in India, share ideas, discuss ways to replicate successful US models of AIDS prevention in South Asia, and foster a sincere and intellectual discussion.

As a result of participating in this program, attendees will be able:
•    Discuss updated information on the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.
•    Articulate the latest information on HIV vaccine development and drugs.
•    Establish better coordination and partnerships among attendees and between participating organizations.
•    Recognize and be able to utilize information on HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in the international health arena.
•    Use updated information in patient care on treatment and prevention of both HIV infection and AIDS.   

Morning sessions

8:00-8:45        COFFEE and REGISTRATION
8:45-9:00     Welcome!  Barry R. Bloom, PhD, Dean of Faculty
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA


9:00-9:30    Current State of the AIDS Epidemic in India and Govt. of India’s  AIDS Programs: Dr. A. S. Rathore, Joint Director, Advanced Centre for AIDS & Related Diseases NICD, Government  of India, New Delhi, India
9:30-10:00      KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Engaging India: U.S. Role in Combating the AIDS Pandemic: 
Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, Director, South Asia Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
10:00-10:30         Gates Foundation-Sponsored HIV Prevention Trials: 
Renee Rizdon, MD, Senior Program Officer, HIV, TB, and Reproductive Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
10:30-11:00         Regional Approach to AIDS Prevention in India: RATNEI model:  Bikash Verma, DVM, MD, President International Health Organization (IHO),  Boston, MA

11:00-11:15        Break


11:15-11:45         Generic Production of Pharmaceuticals for Resource-Poor Countries: Charles Caprariello, Vice President for Corporate Communications and Government Affairs, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Princeton, NJ
11:45-12:15         Corporate Initatives to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS:
Bharat Wakhlu, President, TATA Inc, New York, NY
12:15-1:00        Lunch in the Harvard School of Public Health cafeteria

Afternoon sessions


1:00-1:30        Cultural and Religious Stigmas Associated with AIDS and HIV:  Nalini Tarakeshwar, PhD, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
1:30-2:00    Scaling Up Infrastructure for the Conduct of Community-based AIDS Prevention and Treatment Research in India:  Kenneth Mayer, MD, Professor, Dept. of Medicine Brown University Medical Center, Providence, RI
2:00-2:30        Challenges in HIV Education and Care in the Developing World: Howard Libman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Director, HIV Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; Harvey Makadon, MD, Vice President, Harvard Medical International, Boston, MA

2:30-3:00        Break


3:00-3:30        Progress and Opportunities for India:  Nirmal K. Ganguly, MD, MBBS, Director General Indian Council of Medical Research
Advisor, NACO, Govt. of India, New Delhi, India
3:30-4:00        Questions, Answers and Discussion Time
4:00        Vote of Thanks: H.R. Chowdri, MD, Board of Directors
International Health Organization

Conference Contact Information:
Dr. James Parmentier, Conference Co-Chairman:
Dr. Ram Chowdri, Conference Co-Chairman  
Dr. Bikash Verma, Conference Chair: iho@usa.com
Ms. Sarika Chopra, Conference Registration schopra@ihousa.org 
Phone: (617)254-5077

International Health Organization (IHO) was incorporated in Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1992 as a non-profit organization to focus on improving the health and living conditions of the poorest populations in the Indian Subcontinent.  IHO is based in Boston, Massachusetts, with a regional office in Patna, (India), and projects in several states of India, and Nepal. Through its ‘Regional AIDS Training Center & Network in India’,  IHO is training health sector workers in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

Jointly-sponsored by:
Harvard University South Asian Association
Harvard Medical International
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
Massachusetts Medical Society
International Health Organization

Register at: www.ihousa.org.

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