New Delhi, Dec 1: Marking the World AIDS Day, Sonia Gandhi flagged off the second phase of Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a train aimed at mobilising awareness about HIV/AIDS, at the Safdarjung Railway Station here on Tuesday, Dec 1.
10-coach exhibition train will be taking information on HIV/AIDS to 10,000 villages in 141 districts across India. The train will also halt at 152 stations in high prevalence areas to disseminate information and provide on-board counseling.
During the halts, volunteers and doctors will be taking information to the masses. They will be educating the people on prevention and services, apart from dispelling existing misconceptions about the disease to enhance the people's understanding of the disease.
"Last train (Red Ribbon Express-Phase I) was a tremendous success. This train is taking its message to far flung areas of our country. It will help containing the disease from spreading," the UPA chairperson said at the ceremony, which was also attended by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee.