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!

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!