`Anganwadi workers must help contain spread of HIV/AIDS'

BELLARY, MARCH 11. A two-day workshop to train anganwadi workers in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS concluded on Thursday at the Don Bosco Institution, Hospet.

Speaking on the occasion, Hanumantharao, Executive Officer of the Hospet Taluk Panchayat, said that anganwadi workers play a pivotal role in creating awareness, especially among women, in rural areas and urban slums about HIV/AIDS and other issues.

The programme, which was part of the Coordinated HIV/AIDS Responses Through Capacity Building (CHARCA) project, was organised by the Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society and Bellary District AIDS Prevention Society with support from the departments of Women and Child Development and Health, to train around 106 anganwadi workers to create awareness about the disease.

High incidence

The coordinator of the Bellary AIDS Prevention Society, Jayakumar, said that Bellary district has a high incidence of HIV and is one of the five districts in the country identified by the United Nations Development Programme for the implementation of the CHARCA project.

The Taluk Health Officer, Veeresh Shetty, presided over the function. He sought the cooperation of the Department of Women and Child Development in creating awareness among young women about HIV/AIDS and other issues.

The Programme Manager of the CHARCA project, Prahalad, and Narasimha Murthy were the resource persons. Father Jose of Don Bosco and officials from the Department of Women and Child Development attended the programme.