The Red Ribbon Express made a stop at West Bengal's Howrah Junction railway station on 24th and 25th March, 2008, evoking great curiosity and enthusiasm in Kolkata and neighbouring areas. People from all walks of life visited the exhibition train and keenly participated in the activities arranged in the various coaches.
Posters, models, cut-outs and film clips were displayed to great advantage. Larger than life models of blood transfusion kits (seen in the picture), syringes, etc., were on display to explain the different aspects of infection and transmission and educate visitors about the dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS.
Films, computer-aided quizzes and games were part of the awareness raising initiatives and attracted a large number of young visitors who participated with enthusiasm.
Counselling services were available on offer. On the first day itself, 60 persons of different age groups and diverse backgrounds took advantage of the anonymity of the counselling services being offered.
Training programmes were also part of the package of services. Separate trainings for police personnel, anganwadi workers, health workers and college students were well received. By the end of the first day, around 400 people had received training in separate groups organised by West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society.