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AIDS meet ends with oath to stop its spread

THE TWO-DAY meet on AIDS prevention and awareness organised by UNICEF in association with Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) ended on the note of the participants pledging to stop the spread of AIDS. The conference held at a city hotel ended today.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 15:05 IST

THE TWO-DAY meet on AIDS prevention and awareness organised by UNICEF in association with Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) ended on the note of the participants pledging to stop the spread of AIDS. The conference held at a city hotel ended today.

More than 150 participants from various districts of Malwa and Nimar region discussed the fundamental challenges in confronting and preventing the spread of HIV by reaching out with the right information to people especially young ones.

For this it was not just important to give information but give it in a manner, which not only entertained but also educated the target audience members about the relevant issues by creating favourable attitudes This would help shift social norms and create positive response to issues like HIV/AIDS.

The participating students discussed questions like, should HIV /AIDS be taught in schools? What could the young generation do to contribute to the cause? The young participants also coined their own slogans to help spread AIDS awareness.

UNICEF’s Communication Officer Anil Gulati in his address said that the young participants were empowered with the knowledge and know-how and it was their turn to take this forward to their friends. MPVHA’s executive director Mukesh Sinha guided them over the role of the youth and how they could make a difference.

Dr Nayar motivated the students by sharing his experiences gained while conducting AIDS awareness campaigns and rehabilitation drives. Makhan Lal Chaturvedi University Bhopal Head of Department of Journalism P P Singh spoke on the issues that affected today’s youth and had a bearing on them. In the concluding session Sunil Sharma and his team thrilled the participants with their performance on the flute.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 15:05 IST