The 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada provided a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaboration and information sharing. The nearly 30,000 attendees represented various fields of research, advocacy, programming, and experiences of living with HIV/AIDS. The conference facilitated the convergence of representatives of these various backgrounds, as well as providing a space for government officials, civil society, and donors to communicate and network.
SAATHII organized an India Satellite Session, focusing on overcoming barriers to treatment. Panel members represented UNAIDS, WHO, NACO, PLWHA, Lawyers Collective, and private and public physicians. The Satellite Session was well attended by approximating 200 participants. The forum allowed for open discussion on barriers based upon, rural access, pediatric formulations, stigma, gender, and socioeconomic status. The unique panel encompassed a cross-section of the key players involved with universal access to treatment, care, and support. SAATHII’s session allowed for a frank and productive discussion of multi-sectoral approaches to overcoming these barriers.