Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV and AIDS awareness. It is being worn by increasing number of people around the world to demonstrate their care and concern about HIV and 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. 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. 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. 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). The next step is to do something more for those suffering from HIV / AIDS.
-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 medical students to fight against HIV/AID and other communicable diseases.
Red Ribbon Club (RRC) programme is a voluntary on–campus intervention, aimed at heightening the risk perception and preventing HIV among youth. Spearheaded by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS), this programme is duly supported by the Department of Higher Education and Department of Technical Education with the technical assistance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). RRCs empower students in the age group of 17 – 25, by giving them information and life-skills to protect themselves from HIV and other contagious diseases. In Tamil Nadu, this programme has effectively been implemented from the year 2005 in all the Universities. Under the headship of the Vice- Chancellor of the University, the Programme Coordinator of RRC in the University is implementing the activities of this programme in the affliated colleges and this is being monitored by the Programme Coordinator and Nodal Officers from the university concerned and District Manager as appointed by the Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society, Chennai. The main functionary of this programme at the college level is the Principal and RRC Programme Officer who is the faculty of the department and he is implementing this programme by forming one RRC unit containing 100 student volunteers.
ROLE AND FUNCTIONING OF RRC
To make HIV/AIDS free india by creating awareness about the spread and cause of HIV/AIDS among the student youth , non-student youth and public.
A. SURENDRAN, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN COMMERCE, RAJAPALAYAM RAJUS’ COLLEGE, RAJAPALAYAM. CELL: 94423 – 23993
RED RIBBON CLUB PROGRAMME OFFICER