Virtual HIV prevention event held in Mumbai with leading experts

Virtual HIV prevention event held in Mumbai with leading experts

A virtual event was held to discuss the challenges of HIV response in fast rack city in the current environment of the pandemic. The event titled” Advancing HIV Response for Fast Track City during COVID 19" was hosted by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS),an autonomoUS body under Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai(MCGM) for control and prevention of HIV in Mumbai, The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) India which is a global network that works with local partners to develop skilled health care workers and strong national health systems in resource-limited countries. and Aastha Parivaar, a community based organisation under FHI 360 funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

There were several speakers in the event like Dr. Shrikala Acharya, Additional Project Director, Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), Padma Shri Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, former Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Bilali Camara, Country Director, UNAIDS and Dr Melissa Nyendak, Country Head, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) among several others.

Dr. Gangakhedkar said that the initiatives taken for COVID-19 could also be applied for HIV prevention which will make for an efficient strategy against HIV. The issue of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis(PrEP) was also discussed as they advocated for its usage on a wide scale in the community.

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