Anti-AIDS train to reach Odisha tomorrow

The Red Ribbon Express (RRE), which was flagged off in the second week of January from New Delhi as a part of the third edition of HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, will touch Odisha on Wednesday.

After passing through Balangir, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Cuttack and Ganjam, the exhibition train will reach reach Mancheswar station in Bhubaneswar on July 10.

The train will be stationed in Mancheswar for two days during its nationwide journey crossing 23 states, covering 162 halt stations to create awareness about the global scourge especially among the youths. The project is being implemented by Union ministry of health & family welfare with the objective of increasing awareness and improving access to services for HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases including TB, Malaria and to increase access to reproductive & child health primarily in rural areas of the country, a government release said,

The special train with six coaches has several interactive ways to inform people about the disease as well as counseling. While three coaches dedicated for exhibition on HIV/AIDS, fourth coach exhibits on tuberculosis, malaria, reproductive and child health services, general health and hygiene. Going beyond the usual posters and pictures, the coaches have touch screens and 3-D models to disseminate information.

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