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The OSI Public Health Seminar Series

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    The OSI Public Health Seminar Series

    Monitoring for Health

    February 8-10, 2006

    Participant List

Virginija Ambrazeviciene

    Public Health Program Director, Open Society Fund-Lithuania

    Board member of the “I Can Live” Coalition for Vulnerable Groups

    Vilnius, Lithuania

    Tel: +370 5 266 1211; +370 5 268 5512

    E-mail: virginij@osf.lt

    The OSF-Lithuania Public Health Program promotes independent comparative studies of the implementation of public policies, educates and trains governmental and NGO public health specialists, and directly supports public health projects. Website: http://health.osf.lt;

     “I Can Live” is a coalition of Lithuanian NGOs and individual experts that strive to create a healthy and safe society by working on a wide range of substance abuse issues through analyzing the situation, identifying problems and proposing solutions. Website: www.galiugyventi.lt

Joseph Amon

    Director, HIV/AIDS Program, Human Rights Watch

    New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 216 1259

    E-mail: amonj@hrw.org

    The Human Rights Watch HIV/AIDS Program works to documenting human rights abuses related to HIV/AIDS, raise awareness about these, and advocate for legal and policy protections for persons affected by or at high risk of HIV/AIDS. Website: www.hrw.org

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Alicia Athié

    Researcher, Transparency Project, Fundar Centre for Analysis and Research Mexico City, Mexico

    Tel: + 52 55 5595 2643 ext. 221

    E-mail: alicia@fundar.org.mx

    Fundar works to promote substantive democracy through monitoring public policies and institutions through applied research, critical reflection, experimentation and linkage with civil, social, governmental and intergovernmental agents. The organization's guiding principles are to widen and strengthen citizen participation, to demand transparency and accountability from governmental institutions, to contribute to the fulfilment of the rule of law, to promote substantive equality, and to work for the respect of human rights. Fundar was created in January 1999 by a group of leaders from different disciplines, with the objective of developing schemes for citizen participation, identify models of action that have been successful in other countries and experiment with new methodologies that can contribute to the resolution of specific social problems.

    Website: www.fundar.org.mx

Olexandr Betsa

    Senior Manager, International Renaissance Foundation (IRF)

    Kiev, Ukraine

    Tel: +38 044 482 03 63

    E-mail: betsa@irf.kiev.ua

    The goal of IRF is to improve public health through the support of new approaches to solving urgent public health problems, in particular, the introduction of complex support to people living with AIDS, reduction of drugs related harm, and reform of the healthcare sector.

    Website: www.irf.kiev.ua/en/news

Karen Birdsall

    Centre for AIDS Development, Research & Evaluation (CADRE)

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Tel: +27 (0) 11 339 2611

    E-mail: karen@cadre.org.za

    The Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) is a South African non-profit organisation working in the area of HIV/AIDS social research, programme development and communication. CADRE is committed to fast-tracking appropriate and effective responses to HIV/AIDS by informing policy and developing models for strategic interventions. Areas of focus include HIV communication strategies, epidemiology and HIV prevalence surveys, research into local-level responses to HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS-specific monitoring and evaluation, and the development and management of the African Journal of AIDS Research (AJAR). Website: www.cadre.org.za

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Aisuluu Bolotbaeva

    Public Health Coordinator, Soros Foundation- Kyrgyzstan

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Tel: +996 312 622655

    E-mail: aiso@soros.kg

    Founded in 1993, the Soros Foundation - Kyrgyzstan carries out activities in media, health care, culture, education, science, law, and economic reforms, working to help establish the infrastructure and institutions necessary for building an open society. In public health, the Foundation focuses on harm reduction, mental health, sexual health and rights, monitoring of public health, etc. The Foundation is involved into reforms of penitentiary system, increase of legal literacy of the population, transformation of law education, and the creation of free legal assistance centers in all regions of the country.

    Website: http://eng.soros.kg/

Roxana Bonnell

    Deputy Director, Open Society Institute Public Health Program

    Program Director, Tobacco Control Policy Program, Open Society Institute New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 548 0670

    E-mail: rbonnell@sorosny.org

    In Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine, the OSI Tobacco Control Policy Program supports NGOs emphasizing tobacco control economics, media engagement, and advocacy for ratification, implementation, and monitoring of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In partnership with Indonesian NGOs and the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), the Program supports a new tobacco control coalition, including advocacy training fellowships and advocacy on the FCTC. In Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, the Program supported local advocates to develop priorities and strategies for future activities. Website: www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/tobacco

Ruairí Brugha

    Head, Dept of Public Health. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland

    Tel: +353 01 402 2424

    E-mail: ruairi.brugha@lshtm.ac.uk; rbrugha@rcsi.ie

    Led by Dr. Brugha, the LSHTM recently implemented a study of the Global Fund with national collaborators in Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The study objectives were to synthesize government and other country stakeholders‟

    perspectives on country-level GF application preparation, CCM functioning, and GF implementation, and to identify lessons and recommendations about the GF and other global health initiatives from the perspective of country-level systems and processes. Website: www.lshtm.ac.uk

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Scott Burris

    James E. Beasley Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law Philadelphia, U.S.

    Tel: +1 215 204 6576

    E-mail: scott.burris@temple.edu

    The Rapid Policy Assessment and Response (RPAR) project aims to increase understanding of the importance of law and law enforcement practices in structuring the vulnerability of marginalized populations to HIV, TB and STDs, and to facilitate structural interventions to reduce risk. RPAR is a set of tools for studying laws and how laws are actually implemented, in a participatory research framework that emphasizes community mobilization to act on the results. Project investigators are currently funded by the NIH to conduct an evaluation of the RPAR in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Other RPAR projects are ongoing in India, China and Thailand. Website: http://www.rpar.org

Yevhen Bystrytsky

    Executive Director, International Renaissance Foundation

    Kiev, Ukraine

    Tel: +380 44 461 97 09

    E-mail: bystrytsky@irf.kiev.ua

    The goal of IRF is to improve public health through the support of new approaches to solving urgent public health problems, in particular, the introduction of complex support to people living with AIDS, reduction of drugs related harm, and reform of the healthcare sector.

    Website: www.irf.kiev.ua/en/news

Claude Cahn

    Program Director, European Roma Rights Center

    Budapest, Hungary

    Tel: +36 1 413 220

    E-mail: ccahn@errc.org

    The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public interest law organisation undertaking a range of activities aimed at securing the fundamental rights of Roma in Europe. Key ERRC activities include strategic litigation on fundamental human rights issues facing Roma, international advocacy, human rights training of Romani activists, as well as research and policy analysis aimed at providing policy-makers with a basis for establishing sound human rights-based policies on matters of relevance to Roma. Since its establishment in 1996, the ERRC has endeavoured to give Roma the tools necessary to combat discrimination and win equal access to government, education, employment, health care, housing and public services. Website: www.errc.org

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Mary Callaway

    Program Director, Palliative Care Program, Open Society Institute

    New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 548 0315

    E-mail: mcallaway@sorosny.org

    The International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) funds programs that enhance palliative care provision for patients with cancer and HIV/AIDS. IPCI supports initiatives that monitor the development of palliative care through the International Observatory of End of Life Care and that monitor availability of opioids through a global resource center. In May 2005, with a global coalition of palliative care organizations, the program successfully advocated for the full integration of palliative care into all national cancer control programs resulting in a set of recommendations developed and adopted by WHO at the World Health Assembly.

    Website: www.soros.org/initiatives/pdia/focus_areas/a_international_palliative

Helena Choi

    Project Officer, Public Health Watch, Open Society Institute

    New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 548 0351

    E-mail: hchoi@sorosny.org

    In 2004-2005, Public Health Watch launched two projects to support civil society monitoring and advocacy around government compliance with international health commitments. The TB Monitoring Project is working with partners in Bangladesh, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania and Thailand to assess TB control policies vis-a-vis the Amsterdam Declaration. The HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project is working with civil society monitors in Nicaragua, Senegal, Ukraine, the United States, Vietnam and Zambia to assess government progress in implementing the UN‟s “Declaration of Commitment” on HIV/AIDS. In April 2006, Public Health Watch will launch a third project to support community-led monitoring and advocacy around the need for enhanced linkages between TB and HIV/AIDS policies and programs.

    Website: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/phw

Jonathan Cohen

    Program Director, Law and Health Program, Open Society Institute

    New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 548 0600

    E-mail: jcohen@sorosny.org

    The OSI Law and Health Initiative promotes civil society efforts to advance health and human rights through law. It supports legal advocacy on behalf of marginalized persons, legislative efforts to advance public health goals, and legal capacity-building for health providers and their clients. The Initiative aims to foster collaboration between legal, human rights, medical, and public health practitioners and to promote the use of legal remedies as a creative tool to advance public health. As a cross-cutting program within OSI‟s Network Public Health Program, the Initiative focuses on OSI‟s priority public health areas of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, tobacco control, sexual health, mental health, and Roma Health.

    Website: www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/law

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Zohra Dawood

    Executive Director, Open Society Foundation South Africa (OSF-SA)

    Claremont, South Africa

    Tel: +27-21-683 3489

    E-mail: zohra@ct.osf.org.za

    The OSF-SA works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. The OSF-SA Human Rights and Governance Programme provides support to: Develop innovative models for generating and disseminating information to enable civil society organisations to participate in the processes of governance at local, provincial and national level; Promote the development and testing of best practice models for strengthening the capacity of communities and community-based organisations to participate in local and provincial governance; and Provide support for civil society advocacy campaigns relating to OSF-SA‟s mission aimed at increasing the participation of civil society in governance.

    Website: www.osf.org.za

Milutin Delic

    Project Director, HIV Prevention among Vulnerable Populations Initiative (HPVPI) Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

    Tel: +381 11 361-6244

    E-mail: milutin.delic@undp.org

    HPVPI supports evidence-based HIV prevention interventions and policies targeting vulnerable populations in Serbia and Montenegro. Developed in collaboration and with endorsement of the Republican AIDS Commissions of Serbia and of Montenegro, the Initiative was designed through consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, including: government officials; NGOs; public health experts; providers of HIV prevention and treatment services; and representatives of populations vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. HPVPI seeks to strengthen, inform, and guide state HIV prevention policy; develop demonstration projects that target vulnerable populations; strengthen capacity of NGOs and key stakeholders in HIV prevention for vulnerable populations; introduce a network to strengthen individual projects; and provide monitoring, evaluation and research evidence.

    Website: www.undp.org.yu/tareas/factsheets.cfm?project=11

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Heather Doyle

    Program Officer, Sexual Health and Rights Program (SHARP), Open Society Institute New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 548 0659

    E-mail: hdoyle@sorosny.org

    SHARP works to improve the sexual health and rights of socially marginalized populations. All of SHARP‟s programs are approached using an HIV/AIDS lens and the program is both grant making and operational. In-country activities will be launched in 2006 in Senegal, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Indonesia and Thailand. Chief among its objectives are expanding funding and policy support for an evidence-based sexual health and rights approach from the U.S. government and other global donors. In September 2005, the Alliance for Open Society International and OSI jointly filed a lawsuit against USAID to challenge the constitutionality of an anti-prostitution pledge requirement for grantees receiving federal HIV/AIDS funds. To document the detrimental impact of the USAID policy, SHARP commissioned a report and supported the formation of a steering committee to identify concrete policy objectives, community organizing opportunities and a communications strategy on U.S. policies. Additionally, SHARP has commissioned a survey of the technical assistance needs of advocates working with MSM and sex workers who are applying for global funds.

    Website: www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/sharp

Lynn Freedman

    Director, Law & Policy Project, Columbia University

    New York, U.S.

    Tel: +1 212 304 5281

    E-mail: lpf1@columbia.edu

    The Law & Policy Project at Columbia University‟s Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Population and Family Health, seeks to research and define health in its broader social, economic and cultural context. This includes examining the wide range of laws and policies that affect an individual's ability to protect and promote her own health, as well as that of her family and community. Current work focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, with specific projects on maternal mortality; on health sector reform; and on sexuality.

    Website: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/sph/popfam/rp/repro_health.html#law

Teresa Guthrie

    Regional Coordinator, AIDS Budget Unit, Institute for Democracy in South Africa Cape Town, South Africa

    Tel: +27 21 467 5680/5655; 082 872 4694

    E-mail: teresa@idasact.org.za

    Idasa is an independent public interest organisation committed to promoting sustainable democracy in South Africa and elsewhere by building democratic institutions, educating citizens and advocating social justice. The AIDS Budget Unit provides research and analysis on the public finance issues related to government‟s response to HIV/AIDS. The ABU tracks resources for HIV/AIDS interventions in a number of African countries, including all public expenditure, private and external, that is, donor contributions.

    Website: www.idasa.org.za

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Anita Hardon

    Chairperson, Health Action International Foundation

    Prinicipal Investigator, PPI project, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Tel: +31 0 20 683 3684

    E-mail: ahardon@xs4all.nl

    HAI is a global network dedicated to tackling the challenges of price, affordability and availability of medicines, educating to improve critical appraisal of drug promotion; and enhancing equitable access to HIV/AIDS medicines and the benefits and risks of public private interactions. HAI strategies include campaigning, information sharing, action-oriented research, workshops and training, development of tools and new evidence, and advocacy.

    Website: www.haiweb.org

Fatima Hassan

    Attorney, AIDS Law Project (ALP) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

    Witwatersrand, South Africa

    Tel: +27 021 422 1490

    E-mail: hassanf@law.wits.ac.za

    The AIDS Law Project works to empower people living with HIV/AIDS to use the law to address discrimination and find redress for the violation of their human rights. TAC campaigns for greater access to HIV treatment for all South Africans, by raising public awareness and understanding about issues surrounding the availability, affordability and use of HIV treatments. One recent monitoring project led by Fatima Hassan since early 2004 has been the monitoring the implementation of the ARV programme in South Africa from a health and human rights perspective. Through the Joint Civil Society Monitoring Forum, almost 20 leading civil society organizations and business sector actors have been convened to: identify both the successes and weaknesses of the national and provincial roll out of ARVs in South Africa, conduct site visits to ARV roll-out sites in the country, and bringing legal challenges to overcome legal barriers that are identified through our field work.

    Website: www.alp.org.za; www.tac.org.za

Janet Haven

    Program Manager, Information Program, Open Society Institute

    Budapest, Hungary

    Tel: +36-1-327-3182

    E-mail: jhaven@osieurope.org

    Within the OSI Information Program, the Technology Support for Civil Society Project strives to create systemic change in civil society by helping nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) use information and communications technology (ICT) to become more effective advocates. The project strategies include development of NGO-specific services, tools, and materials at the local level, and support of application of these ICT tools and services to build issue-focused civil society networks. Website: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/information/focus_areas/technology

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Jodi Jacobson

    Executive Director, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

    Washington, U.S.

    Tel: +1 301 270 1182

    E-mail: jjacobson@genderhealth.org

    CHANGE focuses on the effects of U.S. international policies on the health and rights of women, girls, and other vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our mandate is based on the premise that it is the responsibility of US organizations, connected to US constituencies, to foster accountability of our government's policies abroad. Our overarching goal therefore is to ensure that U.S. international policies and programs promote sexual and reproductive rights and health through effective, evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment of critical reproductive and sexual health concerns, and through increased funding for critical programs. Website: www.genderhealth.org

Tea Javakhishvili

    Program Coordinator, Open Society Foundation Georgia (OSFG)

    Tbilisi, Georgia

    Tel: +995 32 92 28 39

    E-mail: theajavakhishvili@yahoo.com; office@economists.ge

    The core objectives of OSFG public health program are democratic accountability of government to the public, and to provide the possibility for socially marginalized groups to give voice to their concerns and play a part in public policy debate on all issues including health. One aspect of this work is monitoring of health activities and spending in Georgia, including work to promote health budget transparency and to support technical capacity-building of civil society to engage in budgetary issues from the health perspective

    Website: http://osgf.ge/?lang=en

Sehnaz Layikel

    Mental Disabilities Rights International (MDRI)

    Istanbul, Turkey

    Tel: +90 532 650 8676

    E-mail: sehnazlayikel@gmail.com

    MDRI documents conditions, publishes reports on human rights enforcement, and promotes international oversight of the rights of people with mental disabilities. Drawing on the skills and experience of attorneys, mental health professionals, human rights advocates, people with mental disabilities and their family members, MDRI trains and supports advocates seeking legal and service system reform and assists governments to develop laws and policies to promote community integration and human rights enforcement for people with mental disabilities.

    Website: www.mdri.org

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Jamie Love

    Director, Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech)

    Washington, U.S.

    Tel: +1 202 332 2670

    E-mail: james.love@cptech.org

    CPTech focuses on issues concerning the production of and access to knowledge, including medical inventions, information and cultural goods, and other knowledge goods. Much of this work concerns intellectual property policy and practices, but also includes different approaches to the production of knowledge goods, such as incentives for investments in medical inventions.

    Website: www.cptech.org/ip/health/

Sharonann Lynch

    Health GAP (Global Access Project)

    Lesotho

    E-mail: salynch@healthgap.org

    Health GAP is a coalition of U.S.-based AIDS and human rights activists who campaign for drug access and the resources necessary to sustain access for people with HIV/AIDS across the globe. We work with allies in the global South and in the G-7 countries to formulate policies that promote access, mobilize grassroots support for those policies, and confront governmental policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and international agencies when their policies or practices block access. Website: www.healthgap.org

Burul Makenbaeva

    NGO “Mental Health and Society”

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    E-mail: mhealth@mail.kg

    NGO “Mental Health and society” is conducted several monitoring projects in the sphere of mental health, the right of patients with mental disabilities, carried out Public Awareness Campaign and is actively taking part in the reform of Kyrgyz Republic‟s Constitution. More information is available at mhealth@mail.kg.

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