India’s approach on HIV/AIDS policy and programmes: The big questions

The Centre for Communication and Development Studies, Pune, and Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit, Mumbai, invite you to a discussion of important questions related to India’s HIV/AIDS policy and programmes. These are questions that need more public debate:

• Is HIV a major public health problem or does it get too much attention?
• Will the National AIDS Control Programme III make a difference?
• Where does the money for AIDS programmes come from, and how is it spent?
• Are NGO programmes and government policy at loggerheads?
• How have things changed for HIV-positive people in the last 22 years?
• What are the experiences of people seeking treatment for AIDS?
• What is the government doing to ensure access to new drugs?
• What is happening to the HIV/AIDS Bill?

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2008
Venue: YWCA International Guesthouse, Opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai.
Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Speakers

Dr Kamakshi Bhate, department of preventive and social medicine, KEM hospital, Mumbai
Dr R Gangakhedkar, deputy director, National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Pune
Prof Ramesh Bhat, dean, school of business management, NMIMS University, Mumbai
Ms Meena Seshu, general secretary, Sangram, Sangli
Mr Ashok Row Kavi, chairperson, Humsafar, Mumbai
Dr Eldred Tellis, director, Sankalp, Mumbai
Dr Alaka Deshpande, department of medicine, JJ Hospital, Mumbai
Mr K Gopakumar, Centre for Trade and Development, New Delhi
Mr KK Abraham, Indian Network of Positive People, Chennai
Mr Naresh Yadav, UP Network of Positive People, Lucknow
Ms Ujwala Kadam, Soudamini Network of Positive People, Pune
Ms Daksha Patel, Gujarat Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Surat
Ms Kalpana Gaikwad, Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit

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