Sonia to flag off Red Ribbon express to promote AIDS awareness

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would flag off Red Ribbon Express here on December 1 to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among people.

The train is a joint venture of the ministries of Health and Railways along with the National AIDS Control Organisation and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. It would be flagged off to mark the World AIDS Day on Saturday from Safdarjung Railway Station in presence of Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

It is for the first time, the World HIV/AIDS messages are being disseminated through a train. The train will be supplemented with information, education and communication campaign consisting of mass media as well as traditional folk media in different parts of the districts where the train halts.

The train is expected to traverse 180 railway stations covering 24 States and return to Delhi on November 30, next year.

It would have an exhibition on HIV/AIDS and have politicians, film actors and other celebrities who would try to create awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Dr Ramadoss would travel from New Delhi to Alwar on the train and try to inform people about prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The Red Ribbon Express, which would consist of five to seven bogies, would also have basic testing facilities for HIV.

At each station, activists and actors would get down and through skits, drama, songs and dance would spread awareness among the people about the disease.

UNI

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