Red Ribbon Club
What is Red Ribbon?
- A global symbol created in1991 in New York.
- Solidarity with people living with HIV and AIDS & aimed at uniting the people in the common fight against the disease.
Role of the Red Ribbon Club
- Educate youth with correct, concise and adequate information and heighten their level of awareness about HIV/AIDS/STI/sexuality and other related issues (thus eliminate myths and misconceptions).
- Enable youth, especially the female students, to identify and understand situations of exploitation and abuse.
- Sensitize the youth regarding care and support needs of PLWHA and instill in them the spirit of helping and supporting the people living with HIV & AIDS (PLWHA) and reduce the stigma and discrimination against them.
- Increase youths’ access to health care services related to STI / HIV/AIDS/drug use.
- Create linkages between youth and governmental, non – governmental agencies and CBOs to access safer and responsible healthy behavior.
- Organize and facilitate voluntary blood donation camps and mobilize the youth for voluntary blood donation.
- Create among the youth a cadre of peer educators for seeking and encouraging positive health behavior as well as ensuring sustainability of the club.
Role of members
- 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 inside and outside the campus.
- 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 to heighten the HIV/AIDS risk perception and instill negotiation skills among the youth Promoting VBD among the students and participate actively in blood donations.