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An initiative of Rotary-UNAIDS Cooperation Program on HIV/AIDS (1996 -),

                  Rotary International District 3140, and

           M/S, RRR INDUSTRIES, a Member Company of the GBC.

                  RI President (2004-05): Glenn Estess Sr.

                District Governor (2004-05): Rahul Timbadia

                              Dr. Ganesh Rane.

  Founder Chairman, Rotary-UNAIDS Cooperation Program on HIV/AIDS
                            (1996 - ), and

         District Chair Groups A-B, HIV/AIDS Awareness, RID 3140.

   CEO, M/S, RRR Industries, a Member Company of the Global Business
                        Coalition on HIV/AIDS.

                                 Mission:
        To encourage the leaders of Rotary International, as well as
       Rotarians in the Rotary Centennial Year, for their Humanitarian and
       Social response at the grass roots level, and to Business initiatives
       at Workplace level - forging the Action Plans to combat the spread of
       HIV/AIDS,
        To encourage CEOs and HRs to Lead the Business Fight Against
       HIV/AIDS through their Workplace Intervention Practices at their
       Workplaces and Market places,
      To network and mobilize NGOs, Civil Societies globally for Partnership
       Actions,
      To encourage people for mobilizing their resources under: "We, the
       People..." recognize the value of the Greater Involvement of People
       Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) in practice, and fight to eradicate
       stigma and discrimination.

Under Rotary-UN Partnership Programmes, we follow the Best Practices to
combat the spread of HIV / AIDS:

      Rotary-UNAIDS - 1996: "Working with New Generations for a Safer
       World";
      UN - 2000 : "Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)" ;
      The UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS -2001: "Break
       the Silence";
      The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria : "Investing
       in Our Future";
      ILO's "Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work";
      WHO -UNAIDS: "3 million by 2005" Target - Global AIDS Treatment
       Emergency";
      The Greater Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA);
      The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS - "Leading the Business to
       Fight Against HIV/AIDS";
      World AIDS Campaign 2004: "Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS".
      National response - Join the Fight against AIDS in India.

                         "CELEBRATE ROTARY - 100 YEARS"

Issue No. 28/2004 -eNL- August, 2004.                                      24th August,
2004

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                    Site Infrastructure and logistic Support by:

M/S, RRR INDUSTRIES, A Member Company of The Global Business Coalition
     on HIV/AIDS, and a SSI Unit out reaching to SMI Sector in India.

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CONTENTS

Section - I: ADVOCACY: Follow the Best Practices.

   1. UN - 2000: "Millennium Development Goals"- a battle against Poverty in a
      Global Economy.
   2. A Mandate for every World Citizen to follow: The UNGASS Doc - 2001:
      "BREAK THE SILENCE".
   3. The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; "Investing in our
      Future".
   4. RED CROSS: AIDS Stigma Continues to Kill.
   5. WHO: Global AIDS treatment emergency
   6. '3 MILLION BY 2005' TARGET EMERGENCY AIDS GLOBAL TREATMENT: AN
      INTERVIEW.

       Section - II: UN Initiative:

   7. ANNAN CALLS FOR MORE FUNDING - AND LEADERSHIP - TO SPUR FIGHT
       AGAINST HIV/AIDS.
   8. UNAIDS AND GERMAN DEVELOPMENT BANK JOIN FORCES TO PREVENT
       SPREAD OF HIV
   9. AIDS IS WREAKING DEVASTATING TOLL ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - UN
       REPORT
   10. UN LABOUR AGENCY PROJECT HELPING WORKERS IN INDIA SUFFERING
       FROM HIV/AIDS
   11. UN AGENCY CONCERNED ABOUT DETENTION OF AIDS ACTIVISTS IN NEPAL
   12. AIDS: UN HAILS NEW INDIAN FILM AS MAJOR CONTRIBUTION IN BATTLE
       AGAINST PANDEMIC
Section - III: Global initiative:

13.   "BREAK THE SILENCE" Bold Governance: from Prime Minister Thailand:

14.   "Break the Silence" in ACTION: From Chief of the GFATM:

15.   BANGKOK      DECLARATION by People Living with HIV/AIDS in Asia Pacific
16.   Asian People's Alliance for Combating HIV/AIDS (APACHA).

17.   The GFATM and         Partnership Forum.

18.   NEW USAID HIV/AIDS Publications Now Available

19.   NGO HIV/AIDS Code of Practice

SECTION - IV: BUSINESS INITIATIVE:

20.   THE GLOBAL BUSINESS COALITION ON HIV/AIDS

21.   Managing HIV in the Workplace

Section - V:           Indian Initiative:

22. Central programme for 25,000 AIDS patients by year-end
23. An National Interest: Cipla slashes anti-AIDS drug prices by 30%.

24.   SLUM-DWELLER SETS INDIAN EXAMPLE BY TAKING HIV-POSITIVE ORPHAN
25.   INDIA'S NEW HIV INFECTIONS RISING: WORLD BANK.

26.   'Challenges for the New Millennium'.

Section - VI:    Rotary initiative: 27. Rotary Day at UN.

28.   Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori inaugurates Homes for AIDS Orphans

29.   India's President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, RI President Estess call for more action at

      Plio Plus summit- similar action on HIV/AIDS too....:

30.   ROTARY CENTENNIAL YEAR - 2005 PROJECT IDEAS.

31.   From "LEND A HAND" (2003-04) to "CELEBRATE ROTARY 100 YEARS"

     (2004-05): Make it to happen - A GREATER INVOLVEMENT OF PEOPLE
LIVING

        WITH HIV/AIDS (GIPA) IN ROTARY:

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SECTION - I:     ADVOCACY: The Best Practices.

1. The Battle against Poverty in a Global Economy: Progress towards the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

The Millennium Development Goals are designed to help to create a better world and
to reduce extreme poverty by half targeted for 2015. Attaining these targets will
require extra money, committed leadership, strong partnership and deeper
participation. The United Nations System has developed a core strategy to advance
the MDGs.

(For More info Click)

2. A Mandate of every World Citizen - In the THIRD YEAR OF
ACTION..................

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNGASS DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT ON HIV/AIDS -
CORE INDICATORS:

"Maintaining the momentum and monitoring progress are essential" United
Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, 25-17 June 2001.
(For More info Click)

3. THE GLOBAL FUND To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria "Investing in
Our Future".

A CHALLENGE TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY:

WITH THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, the Global community has come to recognize
that basic health is a prerequisite for sustainable development. Perhaps more than
anything else, three diseases – AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria –undermine the
welfare of many parts of the world, threatening socio-economic foundations and pre-
empting the enjoyment of basic human rights for the most disadvantaged on this
planet. (For More info Click)

4. RED CROSS: AIDS Stigma Continues to Kill: No time to waste as AIDS
stigma continues to kill 20 years on, warns Red Cross Red Crescent:In a global
effort to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding the disease, the
International Federation, launched a campaign last year against HIV-related
discrimination called 'The Truth About AIDS: Pass It On'. For the second
year of the campaign, which has at its theme, "You CANNOT get AIDS by..."
the focus is on the continued misconceptions about the disease which end up killing
people.
(For More info Click)

5. WHO: Global AIDS treatment emergency

Currently, five to six million people infected with HIV in the developing world need
access to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to survive. Only 300,000 have this access. The
failure to deliver ARVs to the millions of people who need them is a global health
emergency. To address this emergency, WHO is fully committed to achieving the "3
by 5" target – getting three million people on ARVs by the end of 2005. This
is a means to achieving the treatment goal: universal access to ARVS for all who
need them. WHO will lead the effort, with UNAIDS and other partners, using its skills
and experience in coordinating global responses to diseases such as the effective and
rapid control of SARS.

(For More info Click)

6. '3 MILLION BY 2005' TARGET EMERGENCY AIDS GLOBAL TREATMENT: AN
INTERVIEW.

WHO's HIV/AIDS strategy under the spotlight Dr Jim Yong Kim, Director of HIV/AIDS
Department, talks to the Bulletin about "3 by 5" - the global strategy which aims to
provide three million people in developing countries with antiretroviral treatment by
2005 About "3 by 5":
(For More info Click )



SECTION - II:           UN ADVOCACY and Programmes:

7. ANNAN CALLS FOR MORE FUNDING - AND LEADERSHIP - TO SPUR
FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

With millions of lives at stake, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today
estimated that less than half of the $12 billion needed in the fight against HIV/AIDS
is in hand.

(For More info Click)

8.  UNAIDS AND GERMAN DEVELOPMENT BANK JOIN FORCES TO PREVENT
SPREAD OF HIV


The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the German
Development Bank today signed an
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owl/WEBcontent/Documents/pub/Media/Press-
Releases02/PR_GermanBank_22Jul04_en.pdf">agreement to work jointly on
encouraging the prevention of HIV infection in severely affected regions through
educational campaigns and condom distribution, UNAIDS said today.

(For More info Click)

9. AIDS IS WREAKING DEVASTATING TOLL ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT -
UN REPORT

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is having a catastrophic impact on human development in
sub-Saharan Africa, reducing life expectancy and living standards in many countries
and reversing the effects of any gains made in other fields, the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) says today.
(For More info Click)

10. UN LABOUR AGENCY PROJECT HELPING WORKERS IN INDIA
SUFFERING FROM HIV/AIDS

Coupled with a substantial increase in the average monthly expenditure on such
things as food and treatment, nearly 38 per cent of respondents reported being
forced to withdraw children from school and sending them to work.

(For More info Click)

11. UN AGENCY CONCERNED ABOUT DETENTION OF AIDS
ACTIVISTS IN NEPAL

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today voiced concern
about the recent detention and reported mistreatment of nearly 40 people in Nepal
working for an organization that helps sexual minorities to deal with the disease.

(For More info Click)

12. AIDS: UN HAILS NEW INDIAN FILM AS MAJOR CONTRIBUTION IN
BATTLE AGAINST PANDEMIC

 "When Bollywood, one of the world's largest film industries with massive audiences,
produces a film about AIDS, everyone has to sit up and take notice," the Executive
Director of the joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, Peter Piot, said of Phir Milenge,
directed by Revathy Menon, an award-winning actress turned director.

(For More info Click)

SECTION- III: GLOBAL INITIATIVES:

13. "BREAK THE SILENCE" Bold Governance: from Prime
Minister Thailand:

"I will never cease my commitment to universal access to antiretroviral drugs for
people living with HIV/AIDS." Thaksin Shinawatra, Prime Minister, Thailand

(For More info Click)

14.   "Break the Silence" in ACTION: From Chief of the GFATM:

"The world must really rapidly expand access to the treatment that is so desperately
needed." Dr Richard Feacham, Executive Director of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS,
TB and Malaria

(For More info Click)
15. BANGKOK DECLARATION by People Living with HIV/AIDS in Asia
Pacific

"Without the well-being and empowerment of PLWHA, Greater involvement of
People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) can only be a pipe dream," they said.
They called for specific action in areas such as policy and decision making,
access to treatment and support services, and social and economic
empowerment.

(For More info Click)

16. Asian People's Alliance for Combating HIV/AIDS (APACHA)

The new initiative, Asian People's Alliance for Combating HIV & AIDS (APACHA), aims
to bring together positive people's networks, NGOs, International NGOs, trade unions
and other associations in a multi sectoral partnership.

(For More info Click)

17. The GFATM and Partnership Forum:

Since its launch in March 2004, the Global Fund Partnership Forum (PF) has solicited
key stakeholder views and feedback about the current status of the Global Fund (GF)
through three processes:

(For More info Click)

18.   NEW USAID HIV/AIDS Publications Now Available

The U.S. Agency for International Development is pleased to make available the
following new documents. All can be viewed and downloaded

(For More info Click)


19.   NGO HIV/AIDS Code of Practice

In recent years there has been a growing global commitment to address the
HIV/AIDS crisis. The urgent need to rapidly scale up HIV/AIDS response is
presenting new challenges, particularly in ensuring that the lessons learnt to date are
used to guide allocation of resources and development of new programmes and
services.

(For More info Click)

SECTION - IV: BUSINESS INITIATIVE:

21.   Managing HIV in the Workplace
The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS believes that the goal should be the
implementation of comprehensive workplace programs covering, non-discriminatory
policies, prevention education, access to voluntary counseling and testing, as well as
care, support and treatment

(For More info Click)

SECTION - IV: INDIAN INITIATIVE:

22.   Central programme for 25,000 AIDS patients by year-end

The Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, today reiterated the Centre's
commitment to provide treatment for HIV/AIDS patients. Already, about 1,000
patients are being provided treatment since the programme was introduced in April
and it would be extended to about 25,000 patients by the year-end.

(For More info Click)

23.   An National Interest: Cipla slashes anti-AIDS drug prices by 30% :

"The price cuts are part of the company's commitment to AIDS patients and we have
been slashing prices over the last four years. We are looking at making the drugs
more affordable to patients and there is no other reason behind the timing of these
announcements," Mr Amar Lulla, Joint Managing Director of Cipla, told Business Line.
Responding to the toll price cuts will take on the company's revenues, he said: "We
are not looking at the issue from a revenue stand point. The company has been
doing this over the last several years."

(For More info Click)

24 SLUM-DWELLER SETS INDIAN EXAMPLE BY TAKING HIV-POSITIVE
ORPHAN

An Indian slum dweller has opened her heart and home to an HIV-positive orphan,
setting an example in a country where AIDS victims are shunned despite having the
world's second-largest number of cases.

(For More info Click)

25.   INDIA'S NEW HIV INFECTIONS RISING: WORLD BANK

The number of Indians with HIV infection could rise to 5.5 million a year by
2033 -- more than the total number of existing cases -- unless urgent steps
are taken, the World Bank said on Friday.

(For More info Click)

26.   'Challenges for the New Millennium'
An opportunity to participate, learn, partnership, and ACTION from the College of
Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, India - towards 'Challenges for the
New Millennium'.

(For More info Click)

SECTION - V: ROTARY INITIATIVE:

27.   Rotary Day at UN

Rotary has coordinated with a wide range of organizations over the past 100 years to
achieve many of Rotary's outstanding goals. One of the major partnerships has been
with the United Nations to abolish polio and other childhood diseases, combat AIDS,
overcome adult illiteracy, and address many other international-local problems.

(For More info Click)

28. Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori inaugurates Homes for AIDS
Orphans from Rotary initiatives.

"I am aware of the immense hard work done by Rotarians throughout Kenya, and I
salute Rotary," said Awori. "I am very impressed with these homes and especially
with the quality of the workmanship."

(For More info Click)

29. India's President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, RI President Estess call for more
action at PolioPlus summit- similar action on HIV/AIDS too....:

The dividends from the polio eradication initiative include peace and a template for
similar action against HIV/AIDS, according to Abdul Kalam.

(For More info Click)

30.   ROTARY CENTENNIAL YEAR - 2005 PROJECT IDEAS.

Rotary Centennial Year Projects- 2005, during the crucial year of ROTARY
heading to CELEBRATE ROTARY 100 YEARS. Making Rotary-UNAIDS
Cooperation Programs visible and sustainable for long years to come during
Rotary Centennial Year Celebration and beyond…...

(For More info Click)

31. From"LEND A HAND" (2003-04) to "CELEBRATE ROTARY 100 YEARS"
(2004-05): Make it to happen - A GREATER INVOLVEMENT OF PEOPLE
LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (GIPA) IN ROTARY:

i. People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) are OUR BEST FRIENDS AND
TEACHERS too, and they give us such valuable lessons. Our Teachers have shown
us that even when they have been marginalized and discriminated against and even
when they are facing perhaps the greatest anxiety in their lives, they have chosen to
share their experience for the benefit of their communities and their loved ones. If
we don't listen to their lessons, we diminish ourselves as well by not acting
responsibly to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Recognize over 30,000
PLWHAs internationally and build a strong GIPA initiative in Rotary.

ii. Rotary could be the Best NGO Partners to WHO-UNAIDS "3 by 5 Target
Emergency AIDS Treatment: Rotary could meet the pre-requisites of WHO-
UNAIDS to providing Doctors and paramedical staff for training to dispense
ART of WHO-UNAIDS through their Rotary Clubs into their serving
 Communities and through their private practices to need based people
including in business - beneficiaries PLWHAs.

iii. To make Rotary to participate globally in most of CCMs of LDCs, Rotary-
UNAIDS Cooperation Programme on HIV/AIDS, Rotary International District 3140
(who are on the Best Practice of Rotary-UNAIDS Statement on AIDS: "Working with
New Generations for a Safer World"), has decided to encourage 529 Rotary
Districts in 166 Countries to approach CCM authorities in their respective
countries for their representation and for a greater partnerships with other
NGOs/CBOs.

(For More info Click)

RRR INDUSTRIES is on their efforts to reach SSI Units/ Private Sector and other
constituencies that for their approaching CCMs in India.

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE: Let leaders of Rotary demonstrate to the world:
"WORKING TOGETHER WORKS - It Works better with PLWHAs" to combat
the spread of HIV/AIDS at the Workplace, Community, Nation and the
World, when we talk about PEACE, POPULATION and DEVELOPMENT.

JOIN US TO "CELEBRATE ROTARY 100 YEARS".

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Write to:

Dr. Ganesh P. Rane.
Former UN Staff Member & Consultant in commitment to the UNGASS DoC: "Break
the Silence"
CEO, M/S, RRR Industries, Member Company of the Global Business Coalition on
HIV/AIDS.

District Chairman Group A-B, HIV/AIDS Awareness,

District Chairman, HIV/AIDS Task Force (2002-03),
Coordinator, United Nations Task Force (2000-2002),
Founder Chair, Rotary-UNAIDS Cooperation Programme on HIV/AIDS (1997- ).
Charter President, Rotary Club of Mumbai West Coast (1996-98).

Rotary International District 3140.
E-mail: drrane@vsnl.com

M/S, RRR Industries (a SMI leader of Business Initiative on HIV/AIDS in India),
A/109, Ansa Indl. Estate,
Saki-Vihar Road, Mumbai 400 072. India.
Tel.: +91-22-28521974 / 28526685;
Fax. +91-22-5692 5178.
E-mail.: drrane@rrrindustries.com;
web site: www.rrrindustries.com

IT Technical Support: Mr. Prashant Kokane

    Forward this mail to encourage our World Citizen to JOIN US and Fight
                             against HIV/AIDS.

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