World AIDS Day 2015 was marked with “Getting to ZERO” Bike Rally on 30th November 2015 (Monday) at Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) located in Egmore, Chennai. The event was well organised by Indian Community Development Organisation / TANSACS / MSSW / Rotary Club of Chennai, Gemini.The “WORLD AIDS DAY 2015” program was inaugurated by Thiru. S. Natarajan, I.A.S., Project Director, Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society – TANSACS. Speaking on the occasion he mentioned that AIDS is acquired immunity and it can be avoided if people are aware. Thiru. S. Natarajan, I.A.S., Project Director, Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society – TANSACS released 5 different posters on “Getting to ZERO” and the following person received the first copy of the poster Mr.A.Bakthavatchalam, Executive Director – ARM, Dr.S.Raja Samuel, Principal, Madras School of Social Work (MSSW), Rtn. Dr. R.Venkatakrishnan Rotary Club of Chennai, Gemini, Mr.V.G.Jeyaraman, Director, Leo Matriculation Hr. Sec. School and Ms.Vadhani, Professor, Madras School of Social Work. Speaking on the occasion Mr.A.J.Hariharan, Secretary of ICWO said that “Getting to Zero” is not an easy task which needs a commitment for different stake holder and it is possible with the support of different stakeholders. ICWO is committed to take up this campaign for next 4 years in collaboration with various stake holders, and agencies to achieve the goal. Dr.P.Kuganantham, Consultant, SIMS Hospital, Former UNICEF/CDC Program Officer AIDS, Former City Health Officer, Chennai Corporation, said AIDS is not a killer disease; AIDS is a chronic aliment like diabetes and hypertension. Younger generation has to spread the awareness to achieve HIV zero infection.
Mr.A.Bakthavatchalam, Executive Director – ARM delivered the key note address, he said that the non governmental organizations are committed to the object of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. He specially thanked Thiru. S. Natarajan, I.A.S., Project Director, Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society – TANSACS for his tremendous support in the project. He mentioned about the innovative ideas initiated by the TANSACS Project Director like tree planting by the transgender community to break the stigma among the public, he appreciated Project Director for the micro level approach in developing the project.Rtn.Dr.R.Venkatakrishnan, Rotary Club of Chennai-Gemini, said Rotary Clubs have a long term commitment in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS. Dr.S.Raja Samuel, Principal, Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) speaking on the occasion he assured that MSSW will always work along with the pioneers and help them to continue the noble work and also appreciated Mr.A.J.Hariharan and Thanked TANSACS Project Director.Ms. Aradhana Sharon, IIIrd Std, ‘A’ Sec, Chennai Public School, Anna Nagar delivered the special speech on “HIV infection and youth” the MSSW college students along with Aradhana assured to spread awareness to bring down the HIV new infection.