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ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN NCT OF DELHI IN CARE & SUPPORT OF PLWHAS

 
15th & 16th Dec 2005 (Tentative)
AMITY CAMPUS, SEC 44, NOIDA


   The need of FBOs in care and support of PLWHAs

To observe the HIV/AIDS Day on 1st December 2004, Amity Humanity Foundation organized an International Interfaith Conference at Amity campus Noida, by inviting all the religious heads of different faith with an agenda of promoting the awareness in combating the pandemic of this disease. A final declaration (Delhi Declaration) was signed by the religious representatives present in the conference with a pledge to strive to use their resources, power, influence and instrumentalities within their religions and faiths for the purpose. The conference was financially as well as technically supported by the World Bank, IAVI, USAID, NACO and other organizations.


In continuation of commitment to this cause by the Founder President, AHF intends to organize a regional level Round Table Conference of local religious leaders in December 2005 as a follow-up step of the previous one. This round table would be the first step towards the follow up activity AHF in involving Faith based organizations in care and support.


A number of NGOs have been working on providing support to people living with HIV/AIDS along with community outreach prevention programmes. These are organizations that are directly providing care and, counseling to the positive person and to his/her family. Despite these efforts, the majority of the non-governmental institutions providing health services are located in urban areas, though there are several examples of successful referral systems in the NGO sector. There is a high demand for provision of care through institutions like care homes, hospices etc and this can be achieved by involving religious institutions as they are traditionally involved in caring for the sick.


Institutional care by the public and voluntary sectors is very low and inadequate and does not meet the demands of the people seeking treatment. HIV/AIDS in India is still a hidden infection. Caregivers forget professional ethics and carry their own biases to their workplace. The reaction to HIV among healthcare workers is often dependent not on what they know about the virus, but what they believe they know. Here the need for home care arises, where the infected can get love and care within the family, community and from their spiritual leader which will give them a sense of relief and comfort.


"The service to PLHA becomes not only the service to a fellow human being, but to God who resides in us all"- Swami Gokulananda, Head, Ramakrishna Mission " Taking care of children who have become the victims of HIV/AIDS indeed is from a spiritual point of view, a sacred duty".- Swami Agnivesh


  • FBOs are present in communities everywhere. We have deep tradition and are closely linked to the cultural and social environment of the people and these leaders have effective channels of communication that can be utilized.

  • FBOs are in a unique position to address the spiritual needs of people affected by the disease. They can provide it with a holistic approach for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, addressing the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the individual and the community.

  • It is not just the scale of the AIDS pandemic that presents a fundamental challenge to the world, but also its duration.

To mark the World AIDS Day , Amity Humanity Foundation (AHF) will host a round table where religious leaders in and around Delhi will be invited and will be sensitized on the importance of their role in providing care and support to PLWHA.


The objective of the conference is to sensitize the religious leaders on the need of their involvement in home based care and support of PLWHA. Religious representatives will also be briefed about the project that AHF is going to take up in training selected religious representatives from various religions on home based care. Eminent speakers will be invited to talk on the topic and share their experiences.


The conference will attended by the representatives from religions , NGOs , Health care providers, UN agency representatives, etc.

   LIST OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO BE INVITED(Tentative)

  • Swami Agnivesh
  • Rev.Vincent Concessao , Archbishop of Delhi
  • Maulana Sultan Ahmad Islahi Saheb
  • Acharya Dr.Sadhvi Sadhana Jain
  • Giani Bhai Ranjit Singh
  • B.K.Asha Devi, Brahma Kumaris
  • Swami Nikhilandaji
  • Jain Muni Acharya Roop Chandji
  • M. A. Math- Swami Amirthanandha Mayi Ashram
  • Swami Gokulanandha- Ramakrishna Mutt
  • Swami Nikhilanandha-Chinamaya Mission
  • Shiv Kumar Madan - Arya Samaj
  • Prof Akhtarul Wasey- Co- Chairman and Convener South Asia HIV/AIDS Partnership Initiative
  • Mrs. Farida S. Vahedi.. Director-Baha'i Office for Advancement Of Women
  • Delhi Syro-Malabar Mission
  • The Secretary- Management Committee, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
   SESSIONS

  • Prevalence / Present scenario
  • Why Home Based Care
  • Why religious leaders?
  • "Positive" Living with HIV/AIDS- (new paradigm for" PLWHA") -HOW?
  • New direction- concluding session.
   List of speakers (tentative)

  • Dr.Shankar Chowdury- UNESCO
  • Mr. Augustine Veliath- UNICEF
  • Dr. Aktarul Wassey - Jamia Milia Islamia
  • Dr.Ashok Agarwal- FHI
  • Dr. D.C.S.Reddy- WHO
  • Ms.Meri Sinnit- USAID
  • Dr.Bandhopadhyay - DFID
  • Dr. Rubin Del Prado- UNAIDS
  • Dr.Sadhana Rout- NACO
  • Anjali Gopalan - Naz Foundation
  • Anjali Nayyar- IAVI
  • J VR Prasada Rao - Ex-Director NACO
  • Meenakshi Dutta Ghosh- Ex-Director NACO
  • Arun Baroka- Project Director, DSACS
  • S P Goel - Proj Director UPSACS
  • Ms.Vijayalakshmi Bose - NACO
   Tentative minute to minute programme

10.30-11.00

Registration

11.00-11.10

Welcome and Inter faith Prayer and Lighting of the lamp

11.10-11.20

Welcome address by Maj Gen.Dr.Surender Kuamr

11.20- 11.30

Introduction to the topic by V. Sridhar

11.30-11.50

Few thoughts by Founder President

11.50-12.05

Key note Address by the chief Guest.

12.05-12.30

Special address by guest of honour
12.30-1.00 
Session I
Prevalence / Present scenario

1.00-2.00  

lunch
2.00-2.30  
Session II
Why Home Based Care
2.30-3.00  
Session III
Why religious leaders?
3.00-3.15  
Session IV
"Positive" Living with HIV/AIDS- (new paradigm for" PLWHA") - HOW?
3.00-3.15    
Session V
New direction- concluding session.

   Chief Guest to be Invited (Tentative)

  • Anbumani Ramdoss- Minister for Health and Family Welfare
  • Minister for State for FW
  • Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment
   CONTACT DETAILS :

V. Nandhini
Programme Support Manager
Amity Humanity Foundation
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Ph : 91-120-5391334 / 282 / 414
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