Join Alliance India Sessions on Wednesday, July 25 at AIDS 2012

India HIV/AIDS Alliance has lined up an action packed day for you today (Wednesday 25 July) at the International AIDS conference, you are cordially invited to attend all our sessions to learn more about our work in India to improve the AIDS response for communities most affected by the epidemic. Our commitment is to make sure the voices of these communities are heard at AIDS 2012 and beyond.

Our sessions today range from a panel discussion to oral presentations and poster exhibits, and highlight our experiences in a wide variety of areas, including reaching key populations in SRH/HIV integration; addressing the unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living with HIV; mobilizing female sex workers to increase STI service utilization; findings from our baseline study on people who inject drugs and why we should support the decriminalisation of drug use; and more!

Panel Discussion

Criminalise Hate Not HIV: Why the HIV/AIDS community should support the decriminalisation of drug use.

Organised by INPUD, HRI, IPPF, IFRC and the Alliance, this panel is chaired by Prasada Rao, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV in Asia and the Pacific and an Alliance Trustee.                                                                                              Wednesday, July 25, Global Village Harm Reduction Zone, 11:00am-12:00 noon

Oral Presentation                                                                                                   

Reaching Key Populations in SRH/HIV integration: Recommendations from a global intervention review to identify strategies to increase the responsiveness and relevance of integrated programming to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs of high-risk groups, including sex workers, MSM, transgenders, IDUs and PLHIV Session Title: Expanding Covering and Quality: Approaches to Scaling-Up, Mini Room 3,  1:00-2:00pm 

Addressing the unmet sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people living with HIV (PLHIV): The results from a baseline study in four states in India.                                                                                                                                Session Title: Expanding Covering and Quality: Approaches to Scaling-Up, Mini Room 3, 1:00-2:00pm 

Poster Exhibition                                                                                                        Wednesday, July 25, Exhibition Hall, Level 2

Beyond Heroin: Patterns of drug choice diversity among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in three Indian states: Findings from the Hridaya baseline study.

Identifying quality-of-life priorities for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID): Findings from the Hridaya baseline study in three Indian states.

                            

What’s harming harm reduction? Reducing HIV vulnerability among women who inject drugs in South Asia.    

 

Reaching people who use drugs (PWUD) in SRH/HIV integration: Recommendations from a global intervention review to identify strategies to increase the responsiveness    

Public private partnership as a sustainable model for STI service delivery: Evidence from Avahan-supported interventions in Andhra Pradesh, India                        

The roadmap contains a full list of posters being exhibited. You can also pick up material about our work at the Alliance exhibition booth #102. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org.

Getting High, Getting Laid: Harm Reduction Sessions by Alliance India, Tuesday, 24 July

We invite you today (Tuesday, July 24, Global Village Harm Reduction Zone, 4.30 – 6.00pm) for the panel discussion on Living Harm Reduction: Lessons Learned from three Continent at AIDS 2012.

Organised by IDPC and the Alliance, the panel will discuss the work of Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) and will include India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Charanjit Sharma, Program Manager for Hridaya, the CAHR program in India. This session will give an overview of this unique and ambitious project being implemented in five countries (India, China, Kenya, Indonesia and Malaysia) with presentations on the findings of the baseline research data on drug use patterns and services in these project areas, the policy and legislative barriers faced, project challenges and recent achievements.

CAHR aims to expand harm reduction services to more 160,000 drug users annually with prevention services that include counseling, needle syringe programme, condom provision and safe sex education. The main focus of CAHR is to provide HIV and harm reduction services to people who use drugs and their families in the five listed countries.  It involves people who use drugs (PWUD) in the design and delivery of services, and is developing advocacy plans to advance the human rights of PWUD.  There is a strong focus on building the local capacity of community based organisations and sharing knowledge about what works.

Today Alliance India’s work with PWUD (Hridaya) and MSM, Transgenders and hijras (Pehchan) are being dicussed at AIDS 2012. If you are at AIDS 2012, do pen down in your calendar to attend the oral poster session! Please click on the specific title to view or download the posters.

Sexual behaviour of men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders and hijras with female partners: An analysis of data from the baseline survey of the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India                                                                             Oral Poster: Tuesday, July 24, Mini Room 10, 1:00-2:00pm

Getting High, Getting Laid: Injecting practices and sexual behavior of People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in three Indian states: Findings from the Hridaya baseline study Oral Poster: Tuesday, July 24, Mini Room 10, 1:00-2:00pm

Visit us at booth #102 to learn more about the Alliance’s work in India and around the world, pick up copies of our latest publications. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We look forward in connecting with you at AIDS 2012! If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org.

Alliance India Posters on Display at AIDS 2012

Thank you for the overwhelming response and support we got from each of you for the satellite session on Reaching Key Populations through SRH/HIV Integration: Opportunities for Impact at AIDS 2012, we will  be posting deliberations of the discussion that took place during the session soon.

If you’re in DC for the conference, please visit the exhibition hall to view India HIV/AIDS Alliance work (23– 26July 2012), as well as interact with the authors and technical experts from Alliance India. The posters on display today (23 July) are:

Non-Commercial Partner Relationships and HIV Risk among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India

Reaching the hard-to-reach: Community engagement and facilitation as a research strategy with men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender and hijra populations in the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India

Are low levels of education among MSM, transgenders and hijras a barrier to building strong community-based organisations (CBOs) to serve as HIV prevention partners? An analysis of data from the baseline survey of the Global Fund-supported Pehchan program in India

Community engagement in the development and roll-out of a capacity building model to strengthen community-based organisations (CBOs) for MSM, transgenders and hijras under the Global Fund-supported Pehchan programme in India

Addressing vulnerabilities of women who inject drugs: A community-based intervention model towards a holistic response to improve health and reduce HIV transmission among women who inject drugs in Manipur, India

Also we look forward to seeing you for today’s satellite session (23rd July 2012) on ‘Future of the HIV Response has Everything to Gain from Realizing Comprehensive SRHR for Everyone’ at Session Room 4 from 6:30-8:30pm, where India HIV/AIDS Alliance partner Daxa Patel, the Board Secretary, Gujarat State Network of PLHIV would be speaking.

We’ll update our blog everyday with details on activities that we are participating in, and will also upload documents so that you can view them online or download them. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We look forward in connecting with you at AIDS 2012!

Alliance India Events at AIDS 2012 on Sunday, July 22

India HIV/AIDS Alliance invites you today (Sunday, July 22, Global Village Session Room 1, 3:45-5:45pm) for the satellite session on Reaching Key Populations through SRH/HIV Integration: Opportunities for Impact

This session is organised by India HIV/AIDS Alliance with support from European Commission and chaired by UNAIDS, it will present programming experiences highlighting the challenges and successful approaches used in integrated programmes specific to key populations such as MSM and Transgender people, Sex Workers, PLHIV and People Who Use Drugs. Panelists include the Alliance’s Sunita Grote, USAID’s Clancy Broxton, CAMNAFAW’s Nathalie Nkoume, and NEPHAK’s Rahab Mwaniki.

Take a sneak peak on our latest publications that are being showcased today at AIDS 2012 on HIV/SRHR Integration for Key Populations. Please click on the specific title to view or download the publication. Stay tuned for more updates!


New Publication (Policy Brief)
Key Linkages and Key Populations : Is HIV/SRHR Integration Serving the Needs of Vulnerable Communities?


New Publication (Desk Review)
HIV/SRHR Integration for Key Populations : A review of experiences and lessons learned in India and globally


New Publication (Issue Brief)
HIV/SRHR Integration for Sex Workers


New Publication (Issue Brief)
HIV/SRHR Integration for Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People


New Publication (Issue Brief)
HIV/SRHR Integration for People Living with HIV


New Publication (Issue Brief)
HIV/SRHR Integration for People Who Use Drugs

We’ll update our blog everyday with details on activities that we are participating in, and will also upload documents so that you can view them online or download them. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We look forward in connecting with you at AIDS 2012!

FROM STIGMA TO STRENGTH – Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is organizing today (21st July, 2012) the fifth MSM Pre-Conference event to the International AIDS Conference, to be held in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is: From Stigma to Strength: Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape. Since its inception in 2006, the MSM Pre-Conference has grown to become the largest global gathering of activists, researchers, implementers and donors focused on the health and human rights of men who have sex with men.

The MSM Pre-Conference will provide a platform for up to 500 participants to exchange the most recent research, best practices, and advocacy strategies that advance the overall goal of universal access. The event will also include networking opportunities and skills building sessions focused on the changing research, programmatic, and policy landscapes in the AIDS sector.

Alliance India is speaking at various sessions and ensuring that the voices of millions are heard. For a more complete overview of sessions visit here.

James Robertson, Country Director, India HIV/AIDS Alliance is moderating a session today morning on Keeping the Pressure Up: A Dialogue with Donors on Increasing HIV Investments Targeted at Programs for MSM and Transgender People

This session on global financing is designed as a dialogue between donors and advocates on donor accountability and the lack of meaningful tracking of resources intended for MSM and transgender HIV programs. The panel will feature experts representing bilateral, multilateral, and private philanthropic agencies. Strategies for what advocates can do at the regional, national, and global levels to directly and meaningfully engage with donors will be discussed.

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Simran Shaikh, Programme Officer, Pehchan, India HIV/AIDS Alliance is a speaker for the session on Mounting an Advocacy Response Against Human Rights Violations and Abuses Faced by Transgender Communities Worldwide

This session will feature a panel of trans activists who will discuss various ways in which human rights abuses exacerbate HIV risk and negative health outcomes among transgender communities worldwide. Case study examples highlighting strategies for documenting and challenging these violations at the local, national, regional, and global levels will be discussed. The panelists will shed light on recent successes related to the removing of legal barriers among transgender people in Argentina, Australia, the United States, India, and Sweden.

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Jonathan Ripley, former Manager for Advocacy and Policy, Pehchan, India HIV/AIDS Alliance will moderate the session on Speaking Out Loud: Effective Strategies for Managing the Challenges Associated With MSM-Led Advocacy in Central America, North Africa, and Southeast Asia

This session will feature activists from North Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia sharing their real-life experiences implementing advocacy strategies utilizing a community-led advocacy toolkit for the health and human rights of MSM. Major objectives include sharing the key steps involved with developing and implementing locally specific adaptations of Speaking Out; discussion of the major challenges, successes, and lessons learned from the Speaking Out process; and implications for future regional advocacy activities and initiatives. This session goal is to explore the commonalities, differences, and synergies that occurred while building advocacy capacity for MSM across the 3 regions. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of the different experiences, knowledge, and approaches used to implement advocacy trainings for HIV and MSM activists in diverse regions. It is expected that this discussion will encourage South-South exchange, maximizing tools and resources to develop and implement local and international advocacy strategies.

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Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance will speak on Challenges and Opportunities for Global Fund–Led HIV Programs Among MSM and Transgender People in Low – and Middle-Income Countries

This session is exclusively focused on Global Fund HIV programs among MSM and transgender people. This will give advocates the opportunity to learn more about recent changes within the Fund and the implications of these changes for key populations. Panelists for the session each represent the various core structures of the Fund (Board, Secretariat, Country Coordinating Mechanism, and Grant Recipient) and therefore will bring unique perspectives to the dialogue.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We hope to see you at AIDS 2012!

Mark your calendars for AIDS 2012 sessions on People Who Use Drugs!

India HIV/AIDS Alliance has been working closely with partners worldwide to make sure that the voices of People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) are heard at the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. If you are attending, we encourage you to participate in the events below.

In addition, amfAR and the International AIDS Society have organised an official AIDS 2012 pre-conference—The Twin Epidemics of HIV and Drug Use: Innovative Strategies for Healthy Communities—that will be held on Friday, July 20 in Washington DC. Bringing together experts, professions and policy-makers from the fields of policing, drug policy and HIV care, the preconference will strive to deepen understanding of the ways that enforcement, legal reform and public health can work together to stop the HIV epidemic among PWUD.

All events below take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, unless otherwise indicated.

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Alliance Exhibition Booth (#102)
Come visit booth #102 to learn about the Alliance’s work in India and around the world, pick up copies of our publications and find out more about the Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs.
All week, Exhibition Hall, 10:00am-6:30pm

Satellite Session
Reaching Key Populations through SRH/HIV Integration: Opportunities for Impact
Organised by India HIV/AIDS Alliance and chaired by UNAIDS, this session will present programming experiences highlighting the challenges and successful approaches used in integrated programmes specific to key populations, including PWUD. Panelists include the Alliance’s Sunita Grote, USAID’s Clancy Broxton, CAMNAFAW’s Nathalie Nkoume, and NEPHAK’s Rahab Mwaniki.
Sunday, July 22, Global Village Session Room 1, 3:45-5:45pm

Poster Presentation
Addressing vulnerabilities of women who inject drugs: A community-based intervention model towards a holistic response to improve health and reduce HIV transmission among women who inject drugs in Manipur, India (MOPE569)
Monday, July 23, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Panel Discussion
Living Harm Reduction: Lessons Learned from Three Continents
Organised by IDPC and the Alliance, the panel will discuss the work of Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR) and will include India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Charanjit Sharma, Program Manager for Hridaya, the CAHR program in India.
Tuesday, July 24, Global Village Harm Reduction Zone, 4:30-6:00pm

Oral Poster Session
Drugs, Sex and HIV
India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Kaushik Biswas will present findings from the Hridaya study on injecting practices and sexual behavior of People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in three Indian states. (TUPDD0204)
Tuesday, July 24, Mini Room 10, 1:00-2:00pm

Panel Discussion
Criminalise Hate Not HIV: Why the HIV/AIDS community should support the decriminalisation of drug use.
Organised by INPUD, HRI, IPPF, IFRC and the Alliance, this panel is chaired by Prasada Rao, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV in Asia and the Pacific and an Alliance Trustee.
Wednesday, July 25, Global Village Harm Reduction Zone, 11:00am-12:00noon

Poster Presentation
What’s harming harm reduction? Reducing HIV vulnerability among women who inject drugs in South Asia (WEPE319)
Wednesday, July 25, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Beyond Heroin: Patterns of drug choice diversity among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in three Indian states: Findings from the Hridaya baseline study (WEPE302)
Wednesday, July 25, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Identifying quality-of-life priorities for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID): Findings from the Hridaya baseline study in three Indian states (WEPE318)
Wednesday, July 25, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Poster Presentation
Reaching PWUD in SRH/HIV integration: Recommendations from a global intervention review to identify strategies to increase the responsiveness and relevance of integrated programming to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs of high-risk groups (WEPE320)
Wednesday, July 25, Exhibition Hall, Level 2, 12:30-2:30pm

Oral Poster Session
Expanding Covering and Quality: Approaches to Scaling-Up
Alliance’s Sunita Grote will present recommendations on reaching Key Populations in SRH/HIV integration, including guidance on services for sex workers, MSM, transgenders, PWUD and PLHIV. (WEPDE0102)
Wednesday, July 25, Mini Room 3, 1:00-2:00pm

Regional Session:  Asia and the Pacific
On the Edge of the Cliff: Debating the Challenges of the Response
Panelists include India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Charanjit Sharma, Program Manager for Hridaya, the Community Action on Harm Reduction program in India.
Thursday, July 26, Session Room 5, 2:40-4:00pm

Press Conference
Turning the Tide: Addressing SRH Needs of Key Populations in AIDS Programs
This session will include remarks by India HIV/AIDS Alliance partner Daxa Patel, the Board Secretary, Gujarat State Network of PLHIV, and by Sunita Grote from the Alliance.
Thursday, July 26, Media Center, Press Conference Room 2, 3:30-4:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@allianceindia.org. You can also view our AIDS 2012 Roadmap for all India HIV/AIDS Alliance sessions at the International AIDS Conference. We hope to see you at AIDS 2012!