August 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Silver Oak, Habitat World @ India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) India, in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz, presents “Uncharted Voices”, a platform for discussion on issues worthy of our attention. Drawing on MSF’s medical humanitarian work in India and across the world, the series will feature speakers who will shed light on some of the most pressing issues of our times with their experiences, ideas and learnings. For the first edition, our focus is on stigma – the fault line running through our work on public health issues ranging from HIV/AIDS to tuberculosis. But where does stigma begin? And how does one unmask it? Four individuals from varied backgrounds will share their experiences to explain why the fear and lack of understanding surrounding a disease can prove to be a great challenge.

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Deepti Chavan

Deepti Chavan fought TB for almost 6 years since the age of 16. A survivor of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Deepti now actively works towards creating awareness about TB prevention so that others do not suffer the way she did. Deepti was forced to drop out of her engineering degree when her health deteriorated. Today, she regularly counsels people with TB and speaks about her experiences on radio, print and TV to inspire patients to keep fighting.


Reshma Valliappan

Reshma Valliappan aka Val Resh is an artist activist working in the area of mental health, sexuality and human rights using creativity under her initiative called The Red Door. An Ashoka Fellow, Ink Fellow and CAMH Fellow, she's also the protagonist of PSBT documentary A Drop of Sunshine and is the author of Fallen, Standing; My Life As A Schizophrenist - a first of its kind memoir on her life before diagnosis.
She currently teaches empathy modules in a changemaker school aiming to turn bullies into healers and to change the way education is taught to those considered restless.


Jyoti Dhawale

Born in 1976 and residing in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Jyoti Dhawale has been an HIV activist since 2011. She has been HIV Positive since 2005 which was due to medical negligence. Jyoti is a global ambassador for HIV awareness project at Beydaar, which is a youth-run registered voluntary organisation that aims to work to create awareness and civic sense in society primarily through seminars, symposiums, theatre, training sessions and various other means. She is also a community advisor, writer and blogger at The Well Project through which she helps people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) gain deeper insights in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Jyoti is also the ambassador at the Stigma Project which combats HIV stigma within communities and in cities. Jyoti is the recipient of the Karma Veer Chakra from REX iCONGO in association with the United Nations, which is given as a global award for social empowerment and citizen justice.


Roma Haresh Paryani

Born in 1969 and belonging to Mumbai, Maharashtra, Roma Paryani has been in the healthcare sector working in different capacities for about 25 years. She has been working with MSF in Mumbai since 2009 for people co-infected with HIV/MDR-TB as a nurse supervisor. Apart from her usual planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of outreach nursing and medical activities, Roma works closely with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the fight against TB.

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MSF has worked in India since 1999, providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, acute febrile illnesses, tuberculosis, kala azar and sexual and gender-based violence. We also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, provide mental healthcare and advocate for the development of more effective and affordable medicines to improve access to treatment for people everywhere. We currently run projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Telangana and West Bengal.

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