1 Dec : World AIDS Day is observed on 1st December every year as a crusade which is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
While 33 million people across the world have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, more are enjoying healthier, longer lives thanks to powerful new medications.
Several programmes are being organised in the National Capital and across the country to create awareness among the people.
Red Express also stationed at Safdar Jung Railway station in Delhi, dissiminating information and knowledge about the AIDS and HIV.UNICEF organised a marathon yesterday in Kolkata with an aim to spread awareness among masses about the children suffering from HIV.
Extended lecture on AIDS organized at Dev Samaj College of Education
Chandigarh : The Red Ribbon Club of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36 B, Chandigarh, in collaboration with STATE AIDS CONTROL SOCIETY, Chandigarh, organized an Extension Lecture and Valedictory Function of AIDS AWARENESS WEEK to mark World AIDS Day today in the college premises. Dr. Seema Sareen, Program Officer NSS, welcomed the Chief Guest Kumari Satyawati Ji, Chairperson of the college, Principal Dr. Jyoti Khanna, the guests, the faculty and the students.
The key speaker on the occasion was Gaurav Gaur, an AIDS activist and Lecturer at the Department of Social Work in Panjab University, Chandigarh. He conveyed that the Joint United Nations Program on HIV AIDS has brought together ten United Nations Systems Organizations to help the World to prevent new HIV infections and to care for those who are already infected. He held a live Interactive Session with the students and the staff enlightening them about the various aspects, causes, myths and prevention of HIV AIDS.
He told the audience that the people in Chandigarh are lucky as they have around six hospitals in the vicinity which have Interactive Voice Record System where they can dial 1097 and get their doubts and queries clarified about AIDS.
Students were made to play a game to demonstrate how AIDS is assuming the proportion of an epidemic. “In India we have lesser number of HIV infected people but more of carriers of this disease,” added Gaur.
The Session was followed by a Question Answer round in which the students and the teachers actively participated. A Skit ‘Blood Brothers’, under the guidance of Dr. Anita Nangia, Program Officer NSS, was also presented by the NSS volunteers to spread awareness about AIDS. The Session was concluded by a vote of thanks by Dr. Manjula Kataria.