Press Esc to close
Saturday 28 February 2015
News updated at 10:49 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 16.9°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

Hundreds show support to the HIV+

New Delhi, Dec 2, 2012, IANS :

Nearly a thousand people, including transgenders, sex workers and HIV-positive people, ran for over three kilometres on Sunday in south Delhi to create awareness and to support HIV-positive people.

The ‘All India Run’ started at 9 am at Safdarjang Tomb in Lodi Estate, and ended an hour later at the Delhi Blind School, Lodhi Road. It was organised by NGO India HIV/AIDS Alliance.

“Along with students and civil society groups, we also had representatives from marginalised communities affected by HIV, drug users, transgenders and sex workers taking part in the run,” an organiser said.

“The run was organised with the aim of breaking the social stigma that the HIV-positive face, and create an opportunity for them to mingle with society,” the organiser said.

Flagging off the run, P M Nair, director general, National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence, said, “This solidarity run is an appropriate opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of and encourage all stakeholders — government, civil society and the private sector — to intensify efforts to ensure continuum of services for affected communities.”

He said engagement with people affected by HIV will aid greater empowerment of such people, and prove an effective strategy in addressing the needs of the HIV-affected better.

Apart from the run, musical performance and skits highlighting issues of people at risk were also organised.

In 2006, UNAIDS estimated that there were 5.6 million people with AIDS in India. In 2008, the figure was confirmed to be 2.5 million.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A performance by the Gurkha Band of the British Army at the Queen's Birthday Party

A performance by the Gurkha Band of the British Army at the Queen's Birthday Party

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav performs ritual at the marriage of his daughter Raj Laxmi with Tej Prat

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav performs ritual at the marriage of his daughter Raj Laxmi with Tej Prat

Activists shout patriotic slogans as they pay tributes to the freedom-fighter Chandrashekhar Azad

Activists shout patriotic slogans as they pay tributes to the freedom-fighter Chandrashekhar Azad

Foreign delegates pose for a group photo at Parliament House

Foreign delegates pose for a group photo at Parliament House

Swine Flu vaccination program at a school in Bikaner

Swine Flu vaccination program at a school in Bikaner

Social Activist Anna Hazare addresses farmers protesting against the Land Bill in Meerut

Social Activist Anna Hazare addresses farmers protesting against the Land Bill in Meerut

Crime Branch seizes fake currency worth more than Rs 2.5 Lakhs

Crime Branch seizes fake currency worth more than Rs 2.5 Lakhs

Memebers in the Lok Sabha during the Budget session

Memebers in the Lok Sabha during the Budget session

Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain...

Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523