Symposium: HIV/AIDS – Chennai, India

Symposium: HIV/AIDS – Chennai, India

Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health – TB

Chennai, India – 12 and 13 March 2010

The Symposium was held on 12 and 13 March 2010 following an invitation from the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association to the Indian Pharmaceutical Association to hold an important event on the Pharmacists Role in HIV/AIDS and TB in India. The Indian Pharmaceutical Association readily agreed to help organise this Symposium which was a collaborative event between the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) and was supported by the Commonwealth Foundation.

The Symposium was extremely successful in attracting a number of participants from Chennai and other parts of India over the two days. The attendance was fairly representative of a cross section of the profession and working environments, although Community Pharmacy was poorly represented. Particularly, rewarding was to see the large number of Pharmacy students who not only attended the Symposium but actively participated in it. The quality of the Speakers was also very high.

Individual contributions indicated a desire for Pharmacists to take an important role in supporting clients with HIV/AIDS and TB and be recognised as key players in giving advice and support.

There was a clear commitment to the outcome of the symposium and the value of the Chennai statement as a planning tool for the future. The challenges identified in the Workshop and the opportunities, changes and courses of action considered in the second workshop provided the basis for the Chennai Statement which has been presented as a separate document. Enquiries for other Interactive sessions in India were requested following this Symposium.

The following documents are available from the Symposium: