“Red like Love, as a symbol of passion and tolerance for those affected. Red like blood, representing the pain suffered by the many people who have died of AIDS. Red like the anger over the helplessness we are facing for a disease which still has no cure. Red as a sign of warning to not carelessly ignore one of the biggest problems of our time.”
The Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a voluntary on-campus intervention programme for students in colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu.The first RRC was formed in Periyar University, Salem, in June 2005.It has since acquired a momentum that will be a huge resource in Tamil Nadu’s and India’s fight against AIDS. The programme aims at harnessing the potential of educated youth and helps them to be the educators among their peers in the entire campus and the community at large. The ideation and administration of the programme are done by the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (CDC). A state RRC coordinator supervises the programme in all its aspects. The core team is made up of five regional managers, each in charge of five to six districts in Tamil Nadu, depending on the concentration of colleges. They, in turn, send out 24 field officers who directly interact with the colleges.
RRC’s activities are aimed towards five specific targets.Opening up a discussion or sexual behavior change among youth. Identifying youth in the high- risk category on campus and transform their behavior. Increasing the perception of risky activities in the youth. Creating of peer educators.Reaching out to non-RRC youth, non-collegiate youth and the general public.
These sessions will be based on five issues those are as follow:
Healthy Life Style and Stress & Strain free Environment.
Blood Donation Promotion.
Life skill Development and good eating habits.
Reproductive & Sexual Health including RTI/STI and HIV/AIDS.