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Schaffer, Teresita C.; Pramit Mitra
India at the Crossroads: Confronting the HIV/AIDS Challenge
A Report of the CSIS HIV/AIDS Delegation to India, January 3-10, 2004
CSIS - Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., January 2004, 35 pp

Reproduced with the CSIS's kind permission.


"As the CSIS Task Force on HIV/AIDS begins to focus on the countries that could form the next wave of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a team of prominent U.S.-based experts visited India, January 3-10, 2004. The group was led by Dr. Louis Sullivan, president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, cochair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and former U.S. secretary of health and
human services (1989 - 1992), and by Richard Celeste, president of Colorado College and former U.S. ambassador to India. Teresita Schaffer, director of the CSIS South Asia Program, and J. Stephen Morrison, executive director of the CSIS Task Force on HIV/AIDS and director of the CSIS Africa Program, organized the delegation. In addition, the nine-member team included prominent members of the
pharmaceutical industry, philanthropic, public health, nonprofit, and scientific communities. The U.S. embassy in India and representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) participated in a number of the delegation’s meetings. The group met with India’s health and family welfare minister, senior health
officials in the central and state governments, parliamentarians, opposition leaders, and the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, and visited research institutions and a variety of AIDS projects run by both the government and private organizations. It participated in discussions with Indian and U.S. parliamentarians and with leaders of business and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It talked with people living with and affected by AIDS. Its goal was to understand India’s experience with AIDS and its response to the epidemic in a multidisciplinary way, to establish partnerships with Indians seized by the issue of HIV, and to make recommendations about how the United States can most effectively support India’s efforts to prevent a generalized epidemic and bring treatment to people living with HIV."

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