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The Red Ribbon Express
" In the coaches of RRE, HIV tests are conducted; workshops are carried out and various visual representations—advertisements, short films and photo exhibitions—are hosted. The train is embellished with "

To create and increase awareness about HIV/AIDS in India, the attractively decorated Red Ribbon Express (RRE) was flagged off on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2009 by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.  High level dignitaries, important cabinet ministers and the Chief Minister of Delhi were present at the flag-off event.

The Red Ribbon initiative targeted at young people and women has been conceptualised by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and implemented by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“UNICEF is happy to have partnered with NACO in this ambitious project that reached more than six million people throughout the length and breadth of India in its first run. The innovative, interactive exhibits in the train engaged audiences, particularly women and children, giving them a better understanding of the issues relating to HIV and AIDS,” said Karin Hulshof, UNICEF India Representative

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Red Ribbon Express inspires volunteers


Red Ribbon Express Train Commences its Year Long Journey
Travel through 22 states in India to create and increase awareness about the means of transmission, prevention and perception of risk associated with HIV

Red Ribbon Express inspires volunteers
The Red Ribbon Club from Bedag was amongst the hundreds of groups that thronged the audio visual exhibits inside the Red RibbonExpress stationed at Miraj in Sangli district in Maharashtra

Painting the Town with Red Ribbons
On platform number 13, stationed in all its glory was the majestic Red Ribbon Express (RRE), calling out, celebrating life.


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