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24 January 2007
Conference To Explore Unique Aspects of HIV/AIDS Epidemic In India
Public health practitioners and noted scholars will participate in Emory's South Asian Studies Conference Feb. 16 to discuss how the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India has been shaped by policies, culture and economics.

The daylong conference titled, "What's Indian about HIV/AIDS in India?" will be held at the Emory Conference Center at 1519 Clifton Rd. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Conference speakers will draw on their experiences at a variety of organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CARE, Global AIDS Alliance, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"The goal of the conference is to explore comprehensive, context-sensitive responses to public health threats through discussion on the 'Indian-ness' of HIV/AIDS," says Deepika Bahri, PhD, director of Emory's South Asian Studies Program.

The South Asian Studies Program at Emory offers undergraduate and graduate courses in various disciplines including music, English, dance, religion, comparative literature, economics, history, political science, anthropology and international relations.

The conference is sponsored by the CDC; Rollins School of Public Health; Institute for Comparative and International Studies; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Center for Health, Culture and Society; the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center's Global Health Frameworks Program; Emory Global Health Institute; Emory Center for AIDS Research; Emory Vaccine Center; the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship and the Hightower Fund.

Registration is free, but required. To register, please contact Angie Brewer at angie.brewer@emory.edu or 404-727-2108 or visit Emory's South Asian Studies website at http://www.asianstudies.emory.edu/sa/

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