AIDS, TB, Typhus and Leishmaniasis are some of the diseases that scholars and academics will cover in their presentation at the first-ever medical conference organized by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also called as Doctors Without Borders. Held on May 8 the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, this one day event will feature research from South Asia on neglected diseases and health concerns.
Besides researchers from MSF, eminent scholars from across the country like Sripriya Pandurangan from The Union, George M. Varghese from Christian Medical College, Padma Deosthali from Center for Inquiry into Health and Allied Themes, Rama Prosad Goswami from Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, and others will present their medical research.
The conference seeks to connect audiences, stimulate analysis and initiate debate on the state of healthcare within the region. The event will also be streamed live online.
Addressed throughout the agenda is the issue of neglect: how is medical care provided to the vulnerable, stigmatized and marginalized? How is a disease identified as 'neglected'? In a region comprising approximately one-fifth of the world's population, questions on this subject require serious consideration and discussion.
Explaining the importance of the conference, Martin Sloot, General Director, MSF India, said, "We decided to organize MSF Scientific Day here because in India — and South Asia — a lot of medical research is happening. MSF in South Asia works on many medical issues such as tuberculosis, kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) and childhood malnutrition in Bihar among others. We hope that the exchange of medical research would lead to improved medical action."
The keynote speech will be delivered by N. Kumarasamy, Chief Medical Officer, Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education on, 'The long term impact of antiretroviral therapy in resource limited settings'.