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Message of Chairman organizing Committee CASP-2018
Dr. Younis Chachar
Provincial Program Manager
The HIV epidemic in Pakistan is highly heterogeneous with substantial diversity in the transmission dynamics at the provincial, district and local level. In addition Religious, social, demographic and economic changes in Pakistan create dynamism in the course and proximate drivers of the epidemic. Together, the regional and temporal changes make the challenge of selecting, targeting and scaling up the appropriate program strategies and highly complex tactics.
With the unfolding of the HIV epidemic in Pakistan, and infection levels reaching epidemiological proportions among Most at Risk Population, (MARA) emerging data and programmatic experience indicates that the nature of HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of Pakistan is changing rapidly from Injecting drugs to sex workers, especially Homosexuals.
Stigma and Discrimination associated with this disease are also main obstacles in digging out the cases and creating enabling environment for the patients to avail the diagnostic and treatment services established by Government.
Awareness and Sensitization are the important tools in the success of any Preventive Program in the Public Health.
This conference will provide opportunity to discuss and share scientific, programmatic and policy developments in the national response to the issues of HIV/AIDS and highlighting the role of Public and Private sectors in Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS among communities.
Time of Action to achieve Universal targets of Fast Track City Approach
3rd Conference on AIDS in Sindh-Pakistan
25, 26, 27 April
Regent Plaza Hotel & Convention Centre, Karachi
Enhanced HIV/AIDS Control Program
Health Department, Government of Sindh
An opportunity to meet speakers & Expert on HIV/AIDS, Development Partners, Civil Society members, NGOs, CBOs, Researchers and HIV AIDS community.
Health Department, government of Sindh feels pleasure to announce 3rd Provincial gathering of HIV/AIDS activists “C SP 2018” form April 25 to 27, 2018 at Karachi.
We are pleased to invite all the participants from all over Pakistan to attend the “3rd Conference on AIDS in Sindh-Pakistan” going to be held on April 25, 26, 27 2018 at Karachi-Sindh. Karachi is the provincial head quarter of Sindh Province and hub of more than 78% HIV/AIDS cases reported in province and 48% in Pakistan.
This conference features It will feature abstract-driven sessions (both oral & Poster), professional development workshops, plenary session, community display, interactive sessions with Key populations, dialogues with key influential persons, cultural show and gathering of HIV/AIDS Positive People with policy makers.
It will be a platform, whereby facilitation of knowledge synthesis and exchange on strategies for outreach HIV/STIs program can be carried out. Furthermore, a joint assessment of the lessons learnt from previous interventions implemented by various stakeholders nationally and internationally will be steered with the aim to provide strategic recommendations for future platforms.
We expect your kind presence at the conference to discuss and share knowledge, experience and research in the field of HIV/AIDS and STIs which have become progressively important to Public Health.
Looking forward to welcome you
HIV/AIDS represents one of the most prevalent public health challenges with an ever-increasing incidence across the globe with huge morbidity and mortality, creating massive panic in the public.
The latest round of IBBS indicates that the growth in HIV prevalence among PWID is plateauing while the prevalence growth rates in other key populations, for whom the main transmission route is sexual, is increasing. In such situation, it is imperative that HIV Community and associated Key Populations are fully engaged.
Therefore there is a need to make necessary arrangements for control of this disease by providing multiple interventions based on time tested tools and success stories in our regional context. This could be done by making our society more responsive to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by reducing the misery and developing a tangible support system.
International experience shows that Communication is the most important aspect of reaching out to masses. In this context we need to come up with the innovative and established way of communication. There is also the need for liberalising the messages that come out of the communications.
Preventing and halting HIV/AIDS in the Province as Joint efforts of Public and Private sectors organisation can brought the desired result. This could be achieved by gathering of AIDS activists belonging to civil societies, institutions, development partners and community.
Such gathering should be guided by a comprehensive and realistic communication strategy that is based on country specific research and grounded in local cultural realities as they usually become the source of inspiration in producing new actors of actions.
Therefore all the stake holders, Development partners, civil society members, organisations have been asked to club their resources for combined coordinated efforts to make the program visible and effective.
Rationale and description
These types of conferences usually held each year all over the world with aim to promote opportunities for greater collaboration and sharing of ideas amongst people affected by HIV/AIDS epidemics across country.
They provide platform, whereby facilitation of knowledge synthesis and exchange on strategies for outreach HIV/STIs program can be carried out.
Joint assessment of the lessons learnt from previous interventions implemented by various stakeholders nationally and internationally are steered with the aim to provide strategic recommendations for future programs.
It creates enabling environment to the HIV Positive community to debrief their needs to obtain their due social rights.
It also provides opportunity to the key players in this field to get political ownership in achieving the universal targets.
Direct Beneficiaries i. People living with HIV/AIDS ii. Health Care Providers iii. Researchers iv. Students v. Civil Society members. vi. Service delivery packages. vii. AIDS Activists
In Direct Beneficiaries i. HIV Community ii. Key Population iii. Most at Risk Adolescent iv. General Public
|Dr. Muhammad Younis Chachar
Chairman CASP-2018 03002638748
|Dr. Qamar Abbas
Public Health Consultant Advisor CASP-2018 03219261011
|Dr. Aftab Ahmed
Coordinator Scientific Sessions 03452844404
|Dr. Saqib Ali Shaikh
Secretary CASP-2018 03002247244
|Dr. Sikandar Iqbal
Coordinator Social events 03323632868
|Dr. Nabeela Soomro
|Dr. Shah Muhammad Shaikh
Coordinator Health Affairs
|Dr. Rajendar Kumar
Coordinator Community forums
|Mr. Farhatullah Farroque
Coordinator Logistics & Transport
|Mrs. Zeba Anjum
Coordinator City Tour
|Mr. Zameer Hussain Memon
|Mr. Adeel (CMC)
Coordinator Publicity, Social Mobilization Partner IT Section Community Mobilization
Development Partners • UNAIDS as the main Strategic partner • GFATM • UNICEF • WHO • UNICEF • UNFPA • UNODC • USAID
Educational institutions like • Dow University of Health Sciences • Jinnah Medical University • Dadabhoy University etc.
Others • Civil Society members • NGOs • CBOs • HIV/AIDS Community • Researchers
April 25, 2018
|Registration||09.00 am to 11.00 am||Reception|
|Inaugural Ceremony||11.00 am to 12.30 pm||Hall-A,B|
|Interactive Scientific Session (Presentations)||13.30 pm to 15.30 pm||Hall-A|
|Interactive Scientific session (Presentations)||13.30 pm to 15.30 pm||Hall-B|
|Interactive session with Low Risk Population||13.30 pm to 15.30 pm||Hall-C|
|Interactive session with Most at Risk Populations||13.30 pm to 15.30 pm||Hall-D|
|Capacity Building Session||13.30 pm to 17.00 pm||Hall-E|
|Award giving Ceremony and Cultural music||20.30 pm to 22.30 pm||Pool Side|
April 26, 2018
|Poster Presentations||10.00 am to 14.30 pm||Lobby|
|Community Display||10.00 pm to 14.30 pm||Pool Side|
|Interactive Scientific Session (Presentations)||10.00 am to 14.30 pm||Hall-A|
|Interactive Scientific session (Presentations)||10.00 am to 14.30 pm||Hall-B|
|Interactive session with Low Risk Population||10.00 am to 14.30 pm||Hall-C|
|Interactive session with Most at Risk Populations||10.00 am to 14.30 pm||Hall-D|
|Capacity Building Sessions||10.30 pm to 14.30 pm||Hall-E|
|Film Show||15.00 pm to 17.30 pm||Hall-A|
|City Tour||20.00 pm to 23.00 pm||Lobby|
April 27, 2018
|Poster Presentations||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Gallery|
|Interactive Scientific Session||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Hall-A|
|Interactive Scientific session||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Hall-B|
|Interactive session with Low Risk Population||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Hall-C|
|Interactive session with Most at Risk Populations||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Hall-D|
|Capacity Building Sessions||09.30 am to 13.00 pm||Hall-E|
|Plenary Session||13.20 pm to 14.20 pm||Hall-A,B|
|Closing Ceremony||14.20 pm to 15.30 pm||Hall-A,B|
|Refreshment||15.30 pm to 16.00 pm||Hall-A,B|
Inaugural Ceremony (Hall A-B)
April 25, 2018
|Guests to be seated||Coordinator||10.30 am to 11.00 am|
|Tilawat-e-Quran Pak||Mr. Farhatullah||11.05 am to 11.10 am|
|Welcome Speech, PM-SACP||Dr. Younis Chachar||11.10 am to 11.25 am|
|Keynote Speech Secretary Health, Government of Sindh||Dr. Fazalullah Peecho||11.25 am to 11.40 am|
|Keynote Speech United Nations Resident Coordinator||Mr. Neil Buhney||11.40 am to 11.55 am|
|Key Note Speech UNAIDS Regional Director||Mr. Eamonn Murphy||11.55 am to 12.15 pm|
|Presidential Speech by Minster Heath/Chief Minister Sindh||Chief Guest||12.15 pm to 12.35 pm|
Award Giving ceremony to AIDS Activists and Cultural evening
April 25, 2018
|Arrival of Guests||20.30 pm to 20.45 pm|
|Arrival of Chief Guest||20.45 pm to 20.50 pm|
|Tilawat and interfaith Dua||Allama Ahsanullah||20.50 pm to 20.55 pm|
|Story about Stigma & Discrimination||A HIV Positive Person||20.55 pm to 21.05 pm|
|Solidarity Song on HIV/AIDS||HIV Positive Community||21.05 pm to 21.15 pm|
|Welcome Speech PPM-SACP||Dr. Younis Chachar||21.15 pm to 21.25 pm|
|Speech Executive Director NIH/NCCC Unit GFATM||Brig. Prof. Dr. Amir Khan||21.25 pm to 21.35 pm|
|Speech UNAIDS Regional Director||Mr. Eamonn Murphy||21.35 pm to 21.45 pm|
|Speech Secretary Health, Government of Sindh||Dr. Fazalullah Peecho||21.45 pm to 21.55 pm|
|Speech Minister Health Sindh||21.55 pm to 22.05 pm|
|Award Giving ceremony to HIV/AIDS Activists||Honorable Chief Guest||22.05 pm to 22.20 pm|
|Dinner/Cultural show||22.20 pm|
Closing Ceremony (Hall A-B)
April 27, 2018
|Tilawat-e-Quran||Mr. Farhatullah||14.20 pm to 14.25 pm|
|Welcome Speech, Program Manager||Dr. Younis Chachar||14.25 pm to 15.35 pm|
|Key Note Speech, Secretary Health Government of Sindh||Dr. Fazalullah Peecho||14.35 pm to 14.45 pm|
|Key Note Speech Director General Health Services Sindh||Dr. Muhammad Ashfaque||14.45 pm to 14.55 pm|
|Speech Chief Guest, Minister Health.||Chief Guest||14.55 pm to 15.10 pm|
|Certificate/Awards Distribution||Honorable Chief Guest||15.10 pm to 15.30 pm|
|Group Photo Session||15.30 pm to 15.40 pm|
3rd Conference on AIDS in Sindh-Pakistan welcomes submission of abstracts for original contribution to the field in the following scientific tracks:
Track 1: HIV Evolution, Outbreaks of HIV/AIDS and Global Epidemiology
Track 2: Sexually transmitted diseases
Track 3: Interventions, Capacity Building
Track 4: Innovation
Track 5: Lived Experience of HIV, Stigma and Discrimination
All abstracts must be written exclusively in English (including the title, abstract text, author names and affiliations).
Last date of Submission of Abstract and Poster is April 22, 2018 midnight.
Limited full and partial Scholarships are available for both Abstract and poster presentation
Best Abstract Award:
3 best abstracts will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the conference
Best poster Award:
3 best posters will be awarded at the closing ceremony of the conference
Guidelines for Abstract & Poster
Guidelines for Poster:
The size of the poster should be: 30″ x 48″ or 2.6X4 ft.
Posters should have the following information.
- Title (with authors and affiliations)
- Introduction / Objectives / Aims
- Contact information
Guidelines for Abstarct:
The following is required to complete the online submission. Please note, detailed instructions are provided online during the abstract submission process.
Use a concise title that summarizes the content of the abstract. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names. Italicize all specific/scientific names.
Choose one to three key words in the menu (highest priority first). Additional key words are accepted but should be words in common usage.
Enter complete author(s) names (example: John S. Doe, MD). Include the name, degree, institution, city, state, and country of all authors and Co-authors.
List the name of each author’s institution, city, state, and country (do not include department, division, laboratory, etc.). Grant acknowledgments should not appear in abstracts, but should be included in the CME disclosures.
Describe the relevance of the research using background, methods, results, and conclusions.
We recommend that a colleague review the abstract for accuracy and grammar. (Between 150 to 250 Words)
Enhanced HIV/AIDS Control Program has successfully Organised 02 conferences of 03 days duration in year 2012 and 2016 with technical support and guidance of UNIADS. The participants of the conferences, guests and speakers from other provinces declared the events well organized and productive in meager resources.
“Exchanging Knowledge for Reaching out and developing Targeted interventions for Key Vulnerable Populations in Pakistan”
“Accelerating HIV/AIDS Fast Track Response”
In year 2012, 29 papers were recited while in 2016 42 papers were cited, comprising of scientific research, regional experience, provincial strategies and Successful stories.
In year 2016 23 posters comprising of scientific research, regional experience, provincial strategies and Successful stories were displayed.
04 Technical sessions were held on STIs (Sexually Transmitted infections), MIS (Management Information System), M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) and Counselling
Special advocacy sessions were also conducted with key influential groups like Religious Leaders, Uniform Personnel, parliamentarians and Health Care Providers.
Interactive sessions with Key Populations
The main feature of the events were interactive sessions with key populations like Transgender, Most at Risk adolescent, Female Sex Workers, People with Injecting Drugs and HIV Positive Community.
A high point of that Conference was Sufi night in which all the participants gathered in their traditional dresses and presented their cultural dhamall (dances) and Sufi songs. The participants were served with local Sindhi style hospitality and delicious food.
- The sharing of information and experiences gained during the conference played an important role in capacity building of new actors of change in this field.
- It became a source of inspiration for youth and other people to become the part of SACP in this noble cause of preventing people from HIV/AIDS.
- It also helped the community based organizations to work in more organized and scientific manner in bringing marginalized population in main stream curb reduce Stigma and Discrimination.
- Policy level support obtained from parliamentarians to achieve the UNAIDS targets of Fast Trach approach by entering into 2nd phase of intervention with targets of fast track city approach.