HIV awareness: Red Ribbon Express flagged off
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 16:22
New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of the first two phases of the Red Ribbon Express, the government on Thursday launched the third HIV awareness train which will traverse across the country.

The initiative, which was started in 2007 by the Railway Ministry, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National AIDS Control Programme (NACO) with support from other Ministries, has reached nearly 14 million people in the earlier phases.

Flagging off the Express on the National Youth Day, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the train would help people affected by AIDS fight the disease and educate others with knowledge on the subject.

Inspired by the Jeevan Rekha Express, a mobile hospital train, the Red Ribbon Express (RRE) comprises of seven coaches including three exhibition coaches on HIV counselling and four coaches on NRHM.

"The renewed focus of the train this time is on youth. Sexual health information and counselling would be provided to youngsters," Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said after taking a tour of exhibition train at the Safdarjung railway station here.

He said the efforts of India, China and South Africa in their fight against AIDS was appreciated by the United Nations in a convention in June, 2010.

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said in 2009, during the second phase, the train had reached 8 million people after covering 152 stations in 22 states and 36,000 people were tested for HIV.

MoS for Health and Family Welfare S Gandhiselvan was also present at the inaugural function of the Express.


First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 16:22

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