The Red Ribbon Express, a campaign on wheels launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to carry messages on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases across the country, will reach Kerala on April 23.
The train exhibition which reaches Palakkad railway station on April 23, will visit various districts till May 5 and conduct awareness campaigns.
The train will tour Kannur on April 24 and 25, Kozhikode on April 26 and 27, halt at Thrissur on April 28 and move on to Ernakulam on April 29 and 30. The train is scheduled to be in Alappuzha on May 1 and 2, in Kollam on May 3 and 4 and it will reach Thiruvananthapuram on May 5 where exhibitions will be held on specially erected platforms.
The exhibition is mainly targeting women; children; people's representatives; NCC and police personnel; and educational institutions to strengthen awareness about HIV.
Eight bogies of the train will host the exhibition. Coaches 1 to 3 will feature an awareness exhibition on HIV/AIDS, while coach 4 will feature public health and prevention of infectious diseases. Coach 5 has been arranged as an auditorium, where training workshops for health workers will be held. Coach 6 will have doctors who will offer HIV counselling and testing. Blood group detection and blood donation camps will also be arranged in railway stations where the train halts.