20th International AIDS Conference - Melbourne, Australia

WEPL01 No One Left Behind
  Plenary Session
Venue: Plenary 2
Time: 23.07.2014, 08:20 - 10:30
Co-Chairs: Michel Kazatchkine, UNAIDS
Soumya Swaminathan, India
Stefan Baral, United States
Ken Clement, Canada

Webcast provided by International AIDS Society
Award Presentation: IAS TB/HIV Research Prize

Award Presentation: HIV and Drug Use Research Fellowship

No One Left Behind: Effective Drug Policy and Harm Reduction
O. Khuat, Vietnam

No One Left Behind: HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection
D. Havlir, United States

No One Left Behind: HIV and Sex Workers
D. Nakato, Uganda

No One Left Behind: HIV and Indigenous Populations
J. Ward, Australia

Powerpoints presentations
No One Left Behind: Effective Drug Policy and Harm Reduction - Oanh T.H. Khuat

No One Left Behind: HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection - Diane Havlir

No One Left Behind: HIV and Sex Workers - Daisy Nakato

Rapporteur report

Track B report by Sabrina Kitaka

This was a plenary session looking at key issues like PWID, TB/HIV, SW, and Indigenous groups.

Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Vietnam: She elaborated on the challenges which people who use drugs face; and outlined their risk for HIV and death. She made a compelling case for promoting harm reduction, and called for the need to build an effective community based voluntary treatment for drug dependence. She stated clearly that a ‘bad policy can kill a massive number of people; a good policy can save millions’. She also called on funders to fund harm reduction. She decried the need for the availability of narloxone and the reduction in the cost of Hepatitis C treatment to save lives.

Dr. Diane Havlir, USA: She articulately portrayed the urgent need to step up the pace for the care of individuals with HIV and TB, particularly in key populations like children, PWID, and prisoners. Even though there are better diagnostics, and better drugs, there is still a lot of death due to TB, which is made worse by HIV. She called upon scientists to shorten the TB drug regimens, and further reduce the time to diagnosis. Every HIV/TB case prevented and every death averted is a public health success.

Daisy Nakato Namakula, WONETHA, Uganda: As a female sex worker working in a country with punitive laws, she described her journey of survival and how she negotiates with policy makers to enable SWs to remain safe and not be drivers of the epidemic; she also called upon meaningful involvement of sex workers.

Dr. James Ward, Australia: He is a descendant of the Pitjaranda peoples and has worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people since 1992. Indigenous people are often neglected, and fall through the cracks of the health care system, with resultant increased risk of HIV and becoming PWID.They are also more likely to interact with immigrant s from high risk countries, furthering their risk. He called upon the need to step up the pace in identifying and improving the health of indigenous people with a key focus on the people of Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait Islands.


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