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Raising awareness about AIDS

Reported by K. Rajshree

To raise awareness about the World Aids Day, Nalamdana a NGO at Neelankarai had oragnised a series of events at their local community radio station Nalamdana Thendral Community Radio 91.2 MHz from Nov.26 to Dec.2 in the programme Magale Unakaga.

It was supported by National Council for Science and Technology communication, a division of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. At the programme, Satish Kumar, Training Manager from YRG Care addressed various doubts raised by the callers.

Topics such as ‘Why December 1 is observed as World Aids Day’, symptoms of being a HIV positive, precautions and treatment were discussed.

“The callers also raised doubts if HIV virus can be transmitted through mosquitoes, how AIDS are caused by sexual intercourse, treatment for babies born with HIV positive, information about other sexually transmitted diseases, details about treatment and counseling centres for people who are HIV positive,” says Sathish.

Nalamdana is a non-profit organisation based in Chennai that explores innovative and entertaining communication methods to empower marginalised and vulnerable individuals. Their activities include response-driven participatory street theatre, interactive games and puzzles, audio and feature films, television serials and small group workshops (in schools, colleges and workplaces) to create awareness on various issues.

Nalamdana is at 4/192, Ellaiamman Koil Street, Neelankarai, ECR. Ph : 2449 3772.