The Red Ribbon Club Mizoram University was launched by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. R. Lalthantluanga on 6th September 2011.
The Team members of the RRC – MZU:
Dr. ZOENGPARI, Department of Psychology, MZU
Dr. Lalnilawma,Deptt. of Rural Development & Education Extension, MZU
Dr. Lalbiakdiki Hnamte, Department Of Education, MZU
Dr. Laldinliana, Department Of Commerce, MZU
Dr. Zodinpuia, Department Of Chemistry, MZU
Dr. Margareth L. Pachuau, Department Of English, MZU
Prof. N. Senthil Kumar, Department Of Bio-Technology, MZU
Dr. H.T Lalremsanga, Department Of Zoology, MZU
Ms Esther Lalhmingliani, Department Of Zoology, MZU
Ms Irene Lalruatkimi, Department Of Mass Communication, MZU
Mrs Elizabeth H., Department Of Social Work, MZU
Details of Peer Educators:
Number of Peer Educators - 74
Number of Peer Educators Trained – 74
Activities conducted during 2011 - 2013:
- Launching ProgramRed Ribbon Club, Mizoram University.
- Voluntary Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with Anti-Tobacco Squad, MZU. 1st March, 2012.
- Voluntary Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with NSS, MZU. 23rd April, 2013.
- Annual identificationand training of Peer-Educators.
Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a comprehensive promotional and preventive intervention to enhance voluntary blood donation as well as mainstream HIV & AIDS prevention, care & support and treatment impact, mitigation, stigma reduction, among the youth in educational institutions. It will also prepare and promote youth peer educators within and outside the campuses.
The Need and Context :
- Worldwide, 38.6 million people live with HIV
- More than four million new infection added each year
- Half of all new infection are among the age group of 15-24 years
- Need for primary prevention intervention through mainstreaming
- Rationale behind focusing Youth
- Unaddressed growing up concerns
- Beliefs and values surrounding body, sex and sexuality
- Existing curriculum do not address psycho-social needs
- Inadequate information about HIV/AIDS/RTI/STIs and drugs
- Less access to healthcare
- Vulnerable age group to indulge in unsafe practices
Role of the Red Ribbon Club:
- Educate youth with correct, concise and adequate information
- Enable youth, especially the female students, to identify and understand situations of exploitation and abuse.
- Sensitize the youth regarding care and support needs of PLHIV
- Increase access to health care services
- Create linkages between youth and GOs, NGOs and CBOs
- Organize and facilitate VBD camps and mobilize the youth for VBD.
- Create among the youth a cadre of peer educators
RED RIBBON CLUB PROGRAMME:
- The RRC aims at harnessing the potential of the youth by equipping them with correct information on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support and Treatment.
- It also aims in building their capacities as peer educators in spreading messages on positive health behaviour in an enabling environment and increasing voluntary blood donation from among youth.
- To reduce new HIV infection among youth by raising their risk perception through awareness on Sex, Sexuality and HIV & AIDS.
- To induce among youth the spirit to help and support PLHIV thereby reducing stigma and discrimination against PLHIV
- To motivate youth and build their capacity as peer educators and change agents by developing their skills on leadership, negotiation, and team building.
- To promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation among youth.
Key Areas of RRC:
- Vibrancy of Youth: Tap the vibrancy of Youth and channelizing the energy of the youth in a positive direction.
- Sex & Sexuality, HIV/AIDS & STI: Provide access to correct information on sexuality, HIV/AIDS, STI and other youth related issues in an enabling environment to promote healthy life styles.
- Peer Education: Develop a cadre of Peer Educators among youth.
- Voluntary Blood Donation: Promote voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.
Coverage of the Scheme:
- The RRC scheme targets youths who are invariably in the age group of 15-29 years.
- Cover all educational institutions like Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics and non-academic areas, such as art colleges and institutions.
Outcomes of the programme:
- Number of youths aware of at least 3 correct modes of transmission and know at least 2 correct modes of HIV/AIDS prevention.
- Number of PLHIV involved in the programme to reduce stigma and discrimination
- Number of Peer educators trained.
- Number of other youths sensitized by peer educators regarding HIV/AIDS
- Number of youth registered for regular Voluntary Blood Donations.
- Number of units of blood collected through voluntary blood donation.
- Gain in-depth knowledge about HIV/AIDS, Voluntary Blood Donation and related issues.
- Mobilizing resources for the Club’s activities.
- Producing innovative BCC materials - slogans, jingles, posters, logos, handbill messages, songs and plays, etc.
- Actively participating in competitions and community outreach programs
- Orienting the new comers about the objectives and activities of the Club and contribute to the sustainability of the Club.
- With developed life skills and leadership qualities, performing the role of peer educators
- Promoting VBD among the students and participate actively in blood donations.
- Sensitizing the youth regarding the issues of PLHIV.
Role of the University/ Institution/ College Authorities:
- Facilitating infrastructure and other necessary support for the implementation of programme/events of RRC.
- Designate the Faculty teacher / NSS Coordinator as Programme Officer for RRC.
- Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS programme by including it in the University curriculum & programme.
- Advocacy at the highest level to support the programme on self sustainable basis.
- Encouraging the contribution of RRC members by highlighting it in college newsletter or other publications.
Red Ribbon Club (RRC) is a comprehensive promotional and preventive intervention to enhance voluntary blood donation as well as mainstream HIV & AIDS prevention, care & support and treatment impact, mitigation, stigma reduction, among the youth in educational institutions. It will also prepare and promote youth peer educators within and outside the campus.