Red Ribbon Express train to arrive at Chandigarh on Nov 16

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Chandigarh, Nov 12 (UNI) The Red Ribbon Express (RRE) train with objective of spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS and promoting safe behavorial practices, will arrive at the Chandigarh Railway Station on November 16.

Disclosing this at a press conference here today, Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner R K Rao said that it would provide a great opportunity for mainstreaming the issues of HIV/AIDS rather than regarding them as a mere medical/public health issue.

He said that parents who hesitate to discuss issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS with their children should make it a point to visit this train.

The specially-designed seven coach train, carrying HIV/AIDS prevention messages, was flagged off by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on a year long journey on 1st December last year from Delhi on the World Aids Day.

The train is scheduled to traverse over 9000 Kms during the year, covering about 180 districts and hold programmes and activities in 43,200 villages in the country.

RRE would ensure wide dissemination of messages on HIV prevention and means of protecting oneself from getting this infection, Mr Rao said. The train will be open for visitors from 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs.

Various activities associated with RRE will include platform activities, outreach activities and in-train activities.

Platform activities will include welcome ceremony, exhibition on the platform and cultural performances on the platforms till the departure of the train.

Outreach activities will include a cycle caravan and a bus caravan.

In-train activities will include display of exhibitions, audio-visuals, auditorium facility for training and counseling and medical services.

Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Red Cross Society, different NGOs and various departments of Chandigarh Administration are actively participating to make the RRE project a success at Chandigarh.

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