HIV-AIDS33Apart from being known as the hub of literacy, medicinal innovations, now Kerala will have add another feather to its multi-faceted cap of having a district that is the first total HIV/AIDS literate one in the country.

Palakkad, a district in northern part of the state, would soon be declared as the first total HIV/AIDS literate district in the country, according to a senior official. District panchayat president T.N. Kandamuthan said a project implemented in the in the last nine months by the district panchayat and voluntary organisation KESS-HAPPI had helped win the title.

The project, Jyothirgamaya, was implemented with the cooperation of 91 grama panchayats and four municipalities in the district. The project educated people about AIDS and the need to remove the stigma and discrimination against its victims.

Messages aimed at protecting and bringing the affected to the mainstream of life and rehabilitating them had also been spread in the district, said the official.

Under Jyothirgamaya, workers of ASHA, Anganwadi and Kudumbasree had distributed pamphlets in every household, conducted awareness classes, quiz contests and rallies.

There was a special focus on schools and colleges as well, Kandamuthan added.

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