Regional Coordinator (Thailand)
Francis Josepph is a drug user activist who has been working on the health and human rights of people who use drugs in the Asian region for almost two decades. He has extensively worked in the field of HIV prevention, care, and support for people who use and inject drugs. A Harm Reduction specialist and a researcher by training, Francis started working in the streets of New Delhi, India as a Peer Worker distributing N/S in the early 2000s and later got involved in various national and regional level Harm Reduction programs. He has since been working towards facilitating access to HIV, Harm Reduction, and Viral Hepatitis services for people who use drugs in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is currently working on advocating Drug Policy advocacy in Asia
Knowledge Management Consultant (Thailand)
Shrutika Badgujar has enriching experience in the field of public health, especially in the area of HIV and Tuberculosis. She has more than 10 years of experience and comes with her unique expertise in designing and implementing integrated, multi-sectoral, and cross-cutting approaches in HIV and TB programming. Shrutika has worked as a Technical Officer (Targeted Interventions) with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India and has managed large-scale HIV prevention and control programs at the national level. She has also worked as a Team leader (Capacity building) with the Technical Support Unit (TSU) in the state of Maharashtra and as an Associate Consultant with Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). She has pursued her Master in Arts (MA) in Public Policy and Management from the University of York, a master in Social Work (Medical & Psychiatric Social Work) from Karve Institute of Social Services, Pune, and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Shivaji University, Maharashtra. She works as a Knowledge Management Officer at NAPUD.