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Red Ribbon Club

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.

HIV is currently spreading in the world at the rate of one new infection every fifty seconds.

  • The HIV/AIDS is not confined to any one class, community, religion, age group, sex or profession, though according to the Indian Health Organization (IHO), Women and children are believed to be more prone to AIDS.

  • The HIV infection is spread over all regions and all groups. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges.

  • According to UNAIDS Report, all over the world 34 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS in 2011.

  • More than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the first cases were reported in 1981.

  • In 2008, 2 million people died due to HIV/AIDS, and another 2.7 million were newly infected.

  • In India there are 5.7 million people infected with HIV/AIDS.

  • In India the rate and pattern of HIV infection is not uniform in various states. The highest numbers of AIDS cases are found in MUMBAI, which is known as “AIDS capital of India”.

Objectives of Red Ribbon Club

  • Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS and ensuring safe blood are major activities to control the spread of HIV & AIDS in the country. Of the over 1 billion youth (ages 15-24),worldwide, some 10 million youth are 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

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.

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.

Additional Objectives

  • To encourage blood donations.

  • To serve as forums for medical students to participate in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Role of the Red Ribbon Club

  • Promote Regular voluntary blood donation by young people and increase access to safe and adequate quantities of blood.

  • Conducting AIDS awareness programs.

  • Making Blood Group Directory.

  • Observance of Important days.

  • Educate youth with correct, concise and adequate information.

  • Enable youth, especially the female students, to identify and understand situations of exploitation and abuse.

  • To instill life skills into youths to live better and healthier life.

  • Create among the youth a cadre of peer educators

RRC has maintaining separate directory for volunteer blood donators.

Based on the emergency & demand through proper channel, our RRC volunteers donated the blood very often i.e 24*7 basis. As of now 15 students donated blood at Apollo Hospitals, Vijaya Hospital, SRM Hospital and etc.

Blood Bank Directory

RRC has conducted Special Guest lecture on the topic “Importance of Blood Donation” on 26.02.2016. We have invited Dr. Balasundaram M.B.B.S, (specialist in TB & Skin), Stanley Hospital, Chennai. In this programme, all the members of RRC 2015-16 were participated and gained the knowledge about importance of blood donation. Our respected Principal (shift –II), has participated and presented wonderful speech about the topic. Our respected advisor and deputy deans were participated on this function.

Guest Lecture