RED RIBBON CLUB
Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS and ensuring safe blood are major activites to control the spread of HIV & AIDS in the country. Of the over 1 billion youth (ages 15-24), worldwide, some 10 million youthare 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 NACP III youth have been identified as a vulnerable group requiring special attention. Recognizing the heterogeneity of the youth NACP 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
To reduce the occurrence of new sexually transmitted infections (incidence), particularly HIV, among youth
Objectives of Red Ribbon Clubs
1. Primary Objective:
- 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.
2. Secondary objectives:
- 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.
3. Additional Objectives:
- To encourage blood donations.
- To serve as forums for medical students to participate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Red Ribbon Club, Govt. Serchhip College was launched in the year 2011.