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AIDS walk in Krishna district for 3 days

Various NGOs to take part in the walks

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: AIDS walk, an all-India awareness rally aimed at touching 300 towns covering 6,000 km, will enter Krishna district on Tuesday.

A 30-member team led by K. Srinivas of Delhi-based Project Concern International will conduct the walk in the district for three days. The team will be received by members of several NGOs participating in AIDS awareness and prevention activities at Sitanagaram end of Prakasam barrage at 4.30 p.m.

There will be a walk from the barrage to Nalanda College in Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic Road. Similar walks will be held from Nalanda College to Siddhartha College. Different NGOs will participate in the walks, which will cover Siddhartha College, Benz Circle, Loyola College, Nidamanuru, Gannavaram and Hanuman Junction.

Activists of 11 NGOs, including Suraksha Project, World Vision, Lepra India and Vasavi Mahila Mandali, will participate.

The Suraksha Project Director, R. Rama Rao, on Monday said that wide participation in awareness walks was needed to remove the stigma attached to the disease and strengthen prevention activities. Dr. Rao said senior Government officials would address a meeting on Tuesday.

The marathon walk had begun in Delhi on December 1, 2004, and it will conclude there on December 1, 2005.

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