Sept. 19, 2018
In March 2017, Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, Director of Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) has traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the meeting of World Health Organization (WHO) Technical and Strategic Advisory Committee on HIV, Hepatitis Virus and to Paris, France to join the advisory committee for the preparation of 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017).
At the first meeting of the WHO Technical and Strategic Advisory Committee, there were 10 members out of the 47 participants from civil society organizations, including people from the community (people with HIV, sex workers, drug users, MSM), and some prominent NGOs in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention such as AmfAR and SCDI, which representative is Dr.Khuat Thi Hai Oanh. The remaining members are leading researchers and experts HIV/AIDS, hepatitis fields from all regions and countries, including Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Hoang Long - General Director of Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control – representative of the Western Pacific Region.
Photo of the session from WHO Technical and Strategic Advisory Committee. Source: Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
"This [Technical and Strategic Advisory Committee] is at the highest level of WHO, which comments and recommendations can be reported directly to the Director. Worldwide knowledge can be advocated within the organization, and we have the best of both worlds. "
Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
Members of the Advisory Committee from different social situations, different countries, have overcome all differences to come and contribute to the global HIV and Hepatitis Virus program and provide direct recommendations to the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department and the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) of the World Health Organization - Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall.
The meeting of the WHO Advisory Committee, according to Dr. Oanh, has achieved simultaneously two goals: "gathering the global elite, and advocate policy within organization."
Photo of WHO Technical and Strategic Advisory Committee members. Source: Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
During the week of March 21st-23rd 2017, Dr. Oanh continued to participate in and co-chair the Advisory Board of the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France. During the Marathon meeting of the Advisory Board, Dr. Oanh’s bloc has been working vigorously to select 45 reports out of the 1,100 submitted, to be presented in 9 sessions of IAS Conference. Although there are many regrets for putting aside many high quality reports, the shortlisted number stays extremely limited, to ensure the quality of the 9th Conference that will take place July 23rd-26th 2017.
For the first time joining the Advisory Board of IAS Conference, and co-chairing a continent bloc, alongside remarkable names like Prof. Francoise-Barre Sinoussi - the scientist who discovered the HIV as well as representatives of the Europe bloc, IAS Managing Director and co-chair of the conference, Dr. Oanh as well as SCDI have had great opportunities to learn, especially about the preparation for a major international scientific conference. She sends her acknowledgment to "all the members of the Advisory Board, the Bloc members, IAS staff and ANRS for their utmost sense of responsibility and their professionalism."
Photo of the IAS Conference Advisory Board. Source: Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh
The participation of Dr. Khuat Thi Hai Oanh in two international advisory committees has given a chance for SCDI in particular and to social organizations working in the field of HIV/AIDS in general to cast a voice at the global scale to bring in about strategies to prevent these dangerous diseases, towards a safe and inclusive world, where societies can prosper in harmony.
Website of 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) : http://www.ias2017.org/