Fifty-day campaign begins in Udhagamandalam
A campaign by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society and the District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit to enhance awareness about HIV/AIDS through cultural and folk programmes was set in motion at the Collectorate here on Saturday.
Stating that the campaign would go on for 50 days, the organisers said that specially trained folk artistes would cover the entire district. The main aim of conducting such programmes with the help of street plays and dances in the villages is to convey various facts about the malady in an easily understandable manner.
The goal of the World Health Organisation was, “zero new infection, zero AIDS related death and zero stigma and discrimination”.
They added that due to concerted efforts, Tamil Nadu which had been in the number three position in AIDS infection now occupies the seventh position.
During the campaign, questions relating to the malady will be answered and pamphlets on HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and TB, blood donation, prevention of parent to child transmission and integrated counselling and testing centres will be distributed.
On behalf of the district administration the campaign was inaugurated by the Assistant Commissioner (Excise) Mohamed Badhusha. Among those present were B. Shanthi, president, Nilgiris Positive Network, K.R. Mani, chairman, Indian Red
Cross Society and M.L. Alphonse Raj, executive director, Island Trust.