The Red Ribbon Club in The Erode College of Pharmacy was launched on 29th July, 2011 under Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society [TANSACS], Chennai. The red ribbon club in the institution enrolls new students every year. The club conducts the regular activities to increase awareness on AIDS and its related issues as well as to motivate the students about blood donation and its importance.
The Need and Context
AIDS, World's most significant public health challenges.
By WHO report, at the end of 2013, 11.7 million people were receiving ART in low and middle income countries.
This represents 36% [34–38%] of the 32.6 million [30.7–34.8 million] people living with HIV in low and middle income countries.
Most people living with HIV or at risk for HIV do not have access to prevention, care, and treatment, and there is stillno cure.
Role of Red Ribon Club
To educate and enable youth with adequate, correct information about AIDS and to understand the situations of abuse.
To increase the health care services and supportive needs of HIV.
To create link between youth and State AIDS control society.
To conduct voluntary blood donation [VBD] camps.
To make visit to HIV community centre and high risk group community.
To reduce new HIV infection among youth by raising their risk perception through awareness on Sex, Sexuality and HIV & AIDS.
To induce among youth the spirit to help and support people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) thereby reducing stigma and discrimination against PLHWAs
To motivate youth and build their capacity as peer educators and change agents by developing their skills on leadership, negotiation, and team building.
To promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation among youth.
Recent Updates by WHO-2014
As a result of recent advances in access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people now live longer and healthier lives. In addition, it has been confirmed that ART prevents onward transmission of HIV.
Progress has also been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission and keeping mothers alive. In 2013, close to 7 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV – 970 000 women – received antiretrovirals (ARVs).
RRC- Recurrent Grant Activities for the academic year 2013-2014
RRC orientation programme and Training given by ICTC Counselor on 31.07.2014
Interactive training session by HIV +ve speaker on 31.07.2014.
Peer Education Training by Trained programme officer on 31.07.2014.
Slogan writing competition as college level activity 28.07.2014.
Exposure visit to HIV community centre – ART [Anti-Retroviral Therapy] Centre in Government Hospital on 17.07.2014.