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Public Event

Challenges in the Management of HIV in India

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Suniti Solomon and Mariam ClaesonThe Center for Global Development hosted Dr. Suniti Solomon for "Challenges in the Management of HIV in India," a discussion on the demand-side barriers to the scale up of HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and care programs in India, with a focus on the issues of stigma and discrimination.  Dr. Solomon, Founder and Director of Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India, is an advisor and principle investigator on various vaccine and microbicide development initiatives. As such, she is well-placed to address the many ways that persistent stigma and discrimination throughout the region have hampered efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection, especially among vulnerable groups.

Rachel Nugent and Suniti SolomonA moderated discussion followed to raise these issues within the contexts of the larger epidemic and prevention priorities in India, gender discrimination and access to HIV/AIDS programs, and the contrasting contexts of India and Africa. Discussants included:

  • Robert Bollinger, Professor of Infectious Disease; Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education; Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mariam Claeson, HIV/AIDS Coordinator, South Asia Region, World Bank
  • Laura Nyblade, Senior Social Scientist, HIV and Stigma, International Center for Research on Women

The event was moderated by Nandini Oomman, CGD senior program associate and project director for the HIV/AIDS Monitor Initiative.

Download Dr. Solomon's presentation (PDF, 4MB)