GURGAON, India (Nov. 27, 2007) — Apollo Tyres Ltd. is planning week-long activities at its plants and clinics in India to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 and also recently opened its seventh health care clinic for truckers at one of the nation's largest trucking hubs, Khapri Octroi Post in Nagpur, Maharashtra state.
Activities for the event will include mobile and poster exhibitions on HIV/AIDS, street and role plays, puppet and magic shows, signature and oath campaigns, information kiosks and HIV/AIDS quizzes and games. Activities at Apollo's plants will be geared toward employee education and awareness while the clinics will focus on reaching their target audiences.
All of the activities are centered on encouraging people to seek counseling, voluntary testing, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and condom promotion.
“In keeping with our vision of providing stakeholder value, our HIV/AIDS awareness programs for our employees, the community and the trucking community is continuously looking to spread awareness amongst a larger group of people, thereby making a difference to India's health and economy,” said Neeraj Kanwar, of Apollo. “Through this week's activities, we hope to reach out to an ever-growing base of stakeholders.”
The new clinic in Nagpur is in partnership with Avert Society, and the Nagpur YMCA is the implementing partner, Apollo said. The clinic—part of an effort that targets treating and preventing HIV and AIDS often spread by truckers in India—is expected to serve more than 3,000 truckers daily.
The company said there is a high prevalence and vulnerability of HIV/AIDS in Maharashtra and inadequate awareness and prevention interventions.
The clinic, staffed by a permanent doctor and counselor trained in sexually transmitted diseases and infections, aims at awareness generation and prevention. Avert Society is providing the technical support, training and funding for the Behavior Change Communication activities. Nagpur YMCA will take care of the fieldwork and outreach.
Apollo Tyres' HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program among the trucking community has permanent clinics within large trans-shipment hubs in New Delhi, Udaipur, Kanpur, Coimbatore, Mumbai and Jaipur.