DIFFERENT social educational and commercial organizations in the city took out rallies from various places to mark World AIDS Day on Friday.
Addressing a programme District Collector Vivek Aggarwal said, “It has become imperative to club core strengths of various NGOs along with the administration’s financial and regulatory support in the fight against HIV/AIDS so that more and more people can lead a safe and long life.”
“It is necessary not just to sensitise people through NGOs on this issue but also to use these organisations’ network to take various government schemes to the affected people,” Agrawal said at programme for HIV/AIDS awareness on World AIDS Day titled ‘Awaz Aapki Evam Hamari’, a joint endeavour of leading NGOs working in the health sector, at Gandhi Hall.
“It is equally important to maintain the livelihood of affected persons and there has to be a joint effort by the administration and the NGOs for this,” he said, adding, “We are already helping people in various ways like preparing ration cards for affected persons falling in BPL category.”
Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma also spoke during the programme, which was attended by those associated with the participating NGOs, school and college students, social workers, NGO representatives and nursing professionals. Students from deaf and dumb school were also present on the occasion and a person simultaneously narrated the proceedings via sign language for their benefit.
The programme was organised by NGO Forum and Expression Group to spread awareness and sensitise people about HIV/AIDS. The NGO Forum comprises Parivartan, Vishwas, World Vision, CECOIDECON, CINI, Lepra Society, MPNP +, FXB India, Human Rights Law Network, MPVHA, IDSS and Expression Group.
After the traditional lighting of the lamp, the programme began with a bhajan rendition by a group from Bapu Gandhi Nagar slum, which also presented a bhajan on AIDS awareness. Dr Rajendra Sharma spoke about the objective and initiative behind pooling the resources of NGOs.
The programme also had a drawing competition, health quiz, exhibition on HIV/AIDS, dance, songs, street play, a speech on AIDS and a rock band concert among other things.
All participating NGOs had put up stalls at the venue, which displayed material and books on HIV/AIDS awareness and also their respective activities.
BARLI DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR RURAL WOMEN: The Institute launched an HIV/AIDS awareness programme among rural and tribal communities to mark World AIDS Day.
MGM professor of community medicine and regional coordinator HIVAIDS Dr Sanjay Dixit was the keynote speaker. The issues covered during the session included symptoms, causes, prevention and the weakening effect of HIV on the immune system, myths and misconceptions on HIV, identification of HIV and treatment of an HIV positive patient.
Institute director Janak Palta McGilligan informed that Barli Institute had empowered women for the past 22 years. A total of 100 women from Dhar, Jhabua, Khargone and Dewas districts of Madhya Pradesh and Thoubal, Chandel & Churchanpur districts of Manipur participated in the programme.
Programme officer Archana Margonwar said that in addition to its ongoing programmes, Barli Institute would also focus on HIV/AIDS from 2006 to 2009. In these three years, in partnership with SIDA, over 1,100 women from approximately 200 villages will be trained as community volunteers.
They will be able to spread the knowledge and skills they learnt at the Institute to their communities. Dhedi Bagdhare proposed the vote of thanks.
ASHIRVAD DRUG DE-ADDICTION AND HIV/AIDS COUNSELLING CENTRE: The Centre run by Red Cross Society organised an awareness rally for youth from Malharashram. Malharashram Higher Secondary School principal Ratna Prabha Dalvi flagged off the rally that progressed through Rajwada and Chimanbag before culminating at the starting point.
More than 300 schoolchildren participated in the rally and chanted slogans to spread awareness about AIDS. Shailendra Mishra conducted the programme while AIDS counsellor Inder Azad Bari proposed the vote of thanks.
LATE SHRI RAKESH MANAWAT MEMORIAL EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE: The Committee took out a massive rally to mark the day in association with District AIDS Control Committee. District Malaria Officer Dr N C Jinwal, Shankar Chauhan and Shankar Nainawa flagged off the rally from Chandra Shekhar Azad Square, Dhar Road.
Students from Manawat Public School, Excellent Public School, Government High School (Sirpur) and Tony Memorial School took part.
The rally marched through areas like Chandan Nagar, Rani Palace, Gulshan Colony, and Aslam Basti and culminated at Manawat Public School in Geeta Nagar.
Committee president Prakash Manawat, Inder Singh Rathore and Rajesh Manawat were present. Malaria Inspector (Sanwer) P C Rana conducted the programme and Mukesh Manawat proposed the vote of thanks.
PVR CINEMA: In an initiative to promote awareness on the disease among the public, PVR Cinema in the City distributed booklets and tucked a red broach onto the visitors. Around 1,000 people were informed about AIDS during this day-long activity at the multiplex.