GUWAHATI, Jan 3 � With an aim to promote awareness about the prevention of HIV/AIDS, the Population Health Services, India (PHSI), North-East, launched a communication van activity at the start of the New Year. Specifically targeting the rural populace and youths, the van will hold an awareness campaign about the correct and consistent use of condoms.
The PHSI, a non-profit NGO with pan-India operations, is supported by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), which monitors and supervises its activities. The organization has its presence in the North-eastern States of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
The van is going to travel around the State in the five districts of Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Dhubri, Sonitpur and Barpeta. The van was flagged off by Probal Baruah, Field Operation Manager, PHSI-NE.
�Principally supported by the NACO, we also have an activity sharing collaboration with the Assam State AIDS Control Society. The communication van is an SUV which carries awareness messages regarding condom usage. The principal motive of the PHSI-NE is to spread awareness regarding HIV/AIDS,� Pranom Datta Mazumdar, Communications Manager, NE, told The Assam Tribune.
The respective promoter in each district will travel along with the van, and conduct interpersonal communication activity among the general population, specifically targeting the rural masses, migrant labourers and the youths. The activity has already been initiated in some of the areas under the Chandrapur block, targeting migrant labourers and the youths in general.
�The communication van activity of the PHSI-NE will certainly enhance the visibility about condom promotion in Assam and help in reaching the general masses, thus leading to awareness about precaution from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection and prevention of unwanted pregnancies,� said Mrinal Kanti Ghosal, State Programme Manager of the organization.