• The government today launched the third phase of Red Ribbon Express in New Delhi to create awareness among people about HIV/AIDS. 
  • By whom?
  • It was jointly flagged off by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. 
  • What is the motive behind this?
  • Through this train, the government will be able to communicate with people about HIV/AIDS including its causes and treatment. This time the renewed focus of the Red Ribbon express is on youth. Mrs Sheila Dikshit said that the focus of her Government is to make Delhi an Aids free city.
  • Red Ribbon Express phase three continues to focus on rural and difficult to reach areas with an objective of disseminating the information on primary prevention services and developing an understanding about the infection to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. 
  • What is with the train?
  • The train will cover 23 States and 162 halt stations during its year-long journey. It has seven coaches including 3 coaches exhibiting informational material on HIV and AIDS and a coach for counseling the patients.