Village shows the way for HIV awareness.
February 2, 2007 12:42pm CST
Governments may still be mulling over making pre martial HIV test compulsory, a remote village Budni in Bagalkot District in Karnataka (India) has shown the way in tackling the deadly decease. Forget the hospitals, the village has no primary health centre, no developed roads, no drainages, no high school. The village with six hundred families has lost about 15 people & 4 children to AIDS in past. The daughters of the villages married to men in remote places in neighbouring states returned as HIV infected widows. Similarly the boys too were infected from their HIV infected Brides. This made the seniors of the village to sit up & discuss.There was a silent revolution in the village. The Village has made the HIV test mandatory for every boy & girl before they tie a knot. The villagers strive from literacy classes to anti arrack movement to health awareness in different villages in the state by forming youth groups, adolesents groups,farmers groups. It is heartening to learn that the women folks have succeeded in closing down arrack shops in the villages & tour different villages to propagate anti arrack movement & AIDS awareness camps.