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  Project Name

 

Core Support for SHAII

  NGO

 

Stop HIV/AIDS In India Initiative (SHAII)

  Category

 

Peoples Rights

  District

 

All India

  State

 

Punjab

  Budget Approved

 

$ 10000

 

  Year Approved

 

2006

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  Chapter Coordinators

 

Srinivas Krovvidy

 

College Park

 

  Caption

 

 

 

  Summary

 

 

In a short span of less than two years, SHAII has made tremedous contributions on vvarious issues. SHAIIs advocacy and awareness campaigns not only helped in generating a large number of volunteers in USA, its efforts also helped in galvanizing various groups working on AIDS in India together.
Advocacy efforts of SHAII include challenging international policies (U.S, multi-lateral institutions and international funding agencies) and Indian policies that have impact on health care, and HIV/AIDS in India. SHAII organized a Rally for Health at the Indian Embassy to protest an Indian Patent policy that sought to reduce access to affordable generic drugs.
In collaboration with other health advocacy groups, SHAII led a global campaign to oppose the Indian Patents Act Amendment. SHAII worked hard to inform the international community of the adverse effects that the Patents Amendment would have on people living with HIV/AIDS. As a result of SHAII’s mobilization of imposing international partnerships and grassroots organizations, SHAII’s campaign was successful in convincing the Indian government to repeal the amendments.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

SHAII worked extensively to bring attention to pediatric guidelines and medicines in India. In late January/ February, it was discovered that Emtri and Emduo Sol, the combination liquid pediatric formulations, were being blocked from being distributed in India. An action alert was issued to demand formulation of pediatric guidelines and treatment for children living with HIV/AIDS. As a result of SHAII’s advocacy efforts, wide positive response was evoked in India. Lawyers Collective and other organizations commended SHAII on taking the initiative on a much needed advocacy issue. SHAII received positive responses from Indian officials as well. SHAII, with the help of GAA, produced reading materials for public education and contacted and communicated with involved officials from Emcure Pharmaceuticals and India to push for the provision of the pediatric drug. During 2006 UNGASS on HIV/AIDS to assess India''s accomplishments, SHAII’s public and media advocacy drew widespread attention to the Indian government’s inability to fulfill its commitments of 2001 UNGASS goals and the need for pediatric guidelines for orphans and vulnerable children due to HIV/AIDS. SHAII successfully spearheaded a campaign for the rights of the OVC that galvanized India’s National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) into announcing provision of pediatric medications through government programs. SHAII organized a Rally for Health at the Indian Embassy to protest an Indian Patent policy that sought to reduce access to affordable generics. Ø February - August, 2006: In collaboration with other health advocacy groups, SHAII led a global campaign to oppose the Indian Patents Act Amendment. Using a combination of tactics, including media advocacy, SHAII worked hard to inform the international community of the adverse effects that the Patents Amendment would have on people living with HIV/AIDS. As a result of SHAII’s mobilization of imposing international partnerships and grassroots organizations, SHAII’s campaign was successful in convincing the Indian government to repeal the amendments.

 

  Goals

 

 

The Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII) is committed to bringing together groups to coordinate Indian and international advocacy efforts to address the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria pandemics in India. SHAII especially focuses on galvanizing support from the non-resident Indians (NRI). The overall goal of the Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII) is to conduct directed advocacy at the international level to address the urgency of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in India. SHAII stresses community-based approach and strengthening of basic health care to address HIV/AIDS. Protecting Global Access to HIV/AIDS Medicines: Access to medicines is critical to addressing the global crisis of HIV/AIDS. India’s well developed pharmaceutical industry has emerged as a primary global source for low cost generic anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) exporting nearly two-thirds of its generic medicines to low and middle income countries. SHAII seeks to influence International and Indian policies to protect and promote the production of generic medicines by combining media outreach and public education with targeted coalition-building and grassroots mobilization to persuade key U.S., Indian, and international stakeholders. Specifically, we are working to: Engage in data exclusivity amendments to Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act to protect generic medicines production Influence the implementation of the India’s Patent Act of 1970 and Drugs and Cosmetic Act to protect the production and supply of vital therapies by Indian pharmaceutical companies to other developing countries Advocate international and Indian policy reforms regarding patents laws to promote the production of newer public health medicines including for HIV/AIDS Read More Orphans and Vulnerable Children: There is wide-spread stigma and discrimination regarding care-giving, health services, and education for HIV/AIDS-affected orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Girls are less likely to receive aid, and are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation due to their disadvantaged socio-cultural status. Although many international human rights instruments, Indian Constitution and some Indian laws provide for appropriate protection and care of children including “special interventions and support” in health and education, there is no effective law and policy that ensures the implementation of these obligations. The government has failed to prevent discrimination against children affected by HIV/AIDS. SHAII will bring focus on the extent of the OVC problem and will work towards changes in policy and law. Specifically, we are working to: Advocate policy to create community-based special structures for providing care and education of OVC Engage National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) of India to adapt pediatric treatment guidelines recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Promote distribution of pediatric antiretroviral medications through government-sponsored treatment centers. Read More International Policies Affecting HIV/AIDS in India: The policies and projects of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) often have conditions attached to them requiring domestic policy changes which have wide-ranging impact on HIV/AIDS and health. These conditions result in imposition of the user-fees on basic social services like health, education and water and have disproportionate impact on poor people, particularly women and OVC. The user-fee makes health services costlier and often forces them to depend on unqualified medical help, which can result in the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV through unsafe injections. It is estimated that 62.9 per cent of the injections in India are unsafe (WHO). SHAII will focus on analyzing, writing policy briefs and supporting Indian movement to bring about changes in the international policies. The objective will be to build an effective coordination between groups working in India and US at different levels of policy change. Specifically, we are working to: Advocate non-imposition of the user fee conditionality in the health projects Contest privatization of state health sector Encourage strengthening of basic health care systems Read More Monitoring U.S. funded HIV/AIDS Programs in India: U.S. – funded HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs have vast implications for HIV/AIDS in India. SHAII is providing a supportive role to ensure and enhance India’s ability to address the issue. Specifically, we are working to: Increase funding to the Global Fund and its allocation to India Share and Disseminate information regarding the impacts of the policies and conditions attached to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Read More

 
 

  


 
 
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