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Express way to spread AIDS awareness

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The trains will travel 6,000 km and cover 30,000 villages.

Hyderabad , Feb. 14

JOINING a massive national anti-AIDS campaign, the Indian Railways will run four Red Ribbon Express trains from March-end.

The campaign, in which several ministries, corporates and NGOs will participate, is aimed at spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS, according to Dr S.Y. Quraishi, Director-General of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). Mr Quraishi was here to participate in a two-day regional workshop on health reforms in the country.

The specially-designed trains, comprising five coaches each, will set off on the campaign from Kanyakumari, Jammu, Jaisalmer and Dimapur.

For six months, each of these Red Ribbon trains will travel 6,000 km and cover 30,000 villages before arriving at Nagpur.

The train will have facilities for conducting tests, counselling and training local doctors. Performing artists will create awareness about AIDS. This concerted effort aims to improve the quality of life of people who are HIV positive people. It also seeks to control the spread of the disease by 2007.

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