NACO to put up condom vending machines in CWG offices & venues

With the Commonwealth Games expected to bring in a flood of guests to the country, the National AIDS Control Organisation is gearing up to meet the challenge of HIV/AIDS by putting in place condom vending machines.

Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 18:05 PM IST

New Delhi: With the Commonwealth Games
expected to bring in a flood of guests to the country, the
National AIDS Control Organisation is gearing up to meet the
challenge of HIV/AIDS by putting in place condom vending
machines in all the CWG offices and venues.

The vending machines would be put up at all the venues
and the guests would be free to either buy them or avail of
free samples which will be given at particular places, NACO
Director General K Chandramaouli said at a function here.

"We are in talks with the state (Delhi) government and
other civic authorities to rope in manpower to put up the
condom vending machines," Chandramouli said.

He also announced the NACO`s expansion of its Condom
Social Marketing Programme (CSMP). The CSMP phase-III
envisages an increase in the coverage area to 370 districts
spread across 26 states and Union Territories from 294
districts last year. The target is to cover 80 crore people,
he added.

It has set a total target of more than 480 million
condoms through over 8 lakh outlets.

NACO is planning to focus more on rural areas in this
phase of expansion, officials said.

According to government data, there is a decline in the
estimated adult HIV prevalence from 0.45 per cent in 2002 to
0.34 per cent in 2007.

The estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS in
India also declined from 27.3 lakh to 23.1 lakh during the
same period.

PTI