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The significance of Red Ribbon in HIV/AIDS is Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness. It is being worn by increasing number of people around the world to demonstrate their care and concern about HIV/AIDS, for those who are living with HIV, for those who are ill, for those who have died and for those who care for and support those directly affected.
Red like Love, as a symbol of passion and tolerance for those affected.
Red like blood representing the pain caused by many people who have died of AIDS
Red like the anger about the helplessness which we are facing for a disease, for which there is still no cure.
Red as a sign of warning not to carelessly ignore one of the biggest problems of our time.
HIV is currently spreading in the world at the rate of one new infection every fifty seconds. The HIV/AIDS is not confined to any one class, community, religion, age group, sex or profession. Though according to the Indian Health Organization (IHO), Women and children are believed to be more prone to AIDS. The HIV infection is spread over all regions and all groups. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges.
According to UN AIDS Report, all over the world 36.9 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS in 2014.>
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS globally since the first cases were reported in 1981.
In India there are 5.7 million people infected with HIV/AIDS.
In Uttarakhand 5700 people are HIV positive and 429 died according to Government records. Four districts – Dehradun, Haridwar, Uddham Singh Nagar and Nanital have declared AIDS sensitive Zones.
In India the highest numbers of AIDS cases are found in MUMBAI, which is known as “AIDS capital of India”.
Mainstreaming of Red Ribbon Club is HIV/AIDS and ensuring safe blood to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. Of the over 1 billion youth (ages 15-24), globally, some 10 million youth are living with HIV. Everyday an estimated 6,000 youth are infected with the virus. Out of 2.47 million estimated population infected by HIV in India, 88.7% are in the age group of 15-49 years. In view of this, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has proposed to establish a network with universities and educational institutions to generate awareness regarding HIV/AIDS and to promote Voluntary Blood Donation to ensure safe blood and implement preventive programmes on HIV/AIDS.
Under the National AIDS Control Programme III youth have been identified as a susceptible group requiring special attention. Recognizing the heterogeneity of the youth National AIDS Control Programme III aims to promote Red Ribbon Clubs to cover youth at risk to HIV both in campuses as well as in community.
Goal of Red Ribbon Clubs is to reduce the occurrence of new sexually transmitted infections (incidence), particularly HIV, among youth.
Prime Objectives of Red Ribbon Clubs are:
To prepare youth as peer educators/agents of change both among youth as well as society at large by developing their skills on leadership, advocacy, communication and team building.
To increase awareness among youth on sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
To impart skills among youth on self-protection, negotiation, and effective group interaction.
To encourage blood donations.
To serve as forums for students to participate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Red Ribbon offers a symbol of hope and support for those living with HIV, for the continuing education of those not infected, for maximum efforts to find effective treatments, cures or vaccines and for those who have lost friends, family members or loved ones to AIDS.
If someone is offered a Red Ribbon, he should wear it as a tribute to the millions of people living with or affected by HIV / AIDS globally.
Anyone can wear a Red Ribbon. There is no ‘official’ Red Ribbon. Wearing a Red Ribbon is the first step in the fight against HIV / AIDS. It can be worn on any day of the year, but especially on World AIDS Day (i.e. 1st December).
But the Red Ribbons are not enough. The Red Ribbon is only a useful symbol in the long run, when attached to words and deeds that actually make a difference.
CONSTITUTED COMMITTEE FOR RRC, SGRRITS
|1.||Prof. (Dr.) Preeti Kothiyal||Chairman, RRC.|
|2.||Dr. Yogendr Bahuguna||Convener, RRC.|
|3.||Dr. Prashant Mathur||Medical Counselor.|
|4.||Dr. Gaurav Raturi||Physician (M.B.B.S., M.D.).|
|5.||Dr. Kishor Nautiyal||Executive Director, NGO Samvedi.|
|6.||Dr. Kamal Bahuguna||Executive Director, HIFEED.|
|7.||Mr. Gautam Tomar||Student Coordinator.|
|8.||Ms. Shruti Singh||Student Coordinator.|
|9.||Mr. S.K. Bhatt||Proprietor, Bhatt Brothers.|
|10.||Mr. Yogendra Bajpai||Proprietor, Sagar Caterers.|
Name of Peer Educators:-
|1.||Mr. Gautam Tomar||B.Pharm. IIIrd Year|
|2.||Ms. Shruti Singh||B.Sc. (Agri.) IInd Year|
|3.||Mr. Rakshit Kestwal||B.Pharm. IIIrd Year|
|4.||Ms. Ridhima Semwal||B.Sc. (BioTech.) IInd Year|
|5.||Mr. Kuldeep Painoli||BBA Ist Year|
|6.||Ms. Somya Shah||M.Pharm. IInd Year|
|7.||Mr. Rishabh Utreja||B.Pharm. IInd Year|
|8.||Ms. Sonam Pahwa||B.Sc. (BioTech.) IInd Year|
|9.||Mr. Harpreet Singh||B.Pharm. IIIrd Year|
|10.||Ms. Siddhi Jain||B.Pharm. IInd Year|
|11.||Mr. Vivek Kumar Bihania||B.Pharm. IInd Year|
|12.||Ms. Vaishnavi Gawri||B.Pharm. IInd Year|
|13.||Mr. Pankaj Kumar||B.Sc. (Agri.) IInd Year|
|14.||Ms. Dimple Karki||B.Pharm. Ist Year|
|15.||Mr. Rajat Rawat||B.Pharm. Ist Year|
|16.||Ms. Harshita Sharma||B.Pharm. Ist Year|
|17.||Mr. Dhruv Goyal||B.Pharm. IInd Year|
|18.||Ms. Sakshi Negi||B.Pharm. IIIrd Year|
|19.||Ms. Pratiksha Aithani||B.Sc. (Agri.) IInd Year|
|20.||Ms. Suhasini Nayal||B.Pharm. IIIrd Year|