India recruits beggars to curb spread of AIDS

Brilliant Idea, According to UNAIDS India got 5.7 million people living with HIV-AIDS, the highest figure in the world. If India wants to restrict this figure and hoping to reduce the figure in coming years then she must start similar type of programs in other states too to educate the locals about all the sources of catching this deadly virus. Hope some more Indian states will adopt the similar strategy and start spreading the awareness about this deadly disease.

KOLKATA (Reuters) – Thousands of beggars in eastern India have been recruited to help stem the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus by singing songs and acting in plays about safe sex.

Officials in the impoverished state of Bihar say they want to train many of the state’s estimated 100,000 vagrants to sing songs in trains and buses and beside busy roads, as well as enact street plays about the deadly virus.

“Beggars are great actors and very creative,” Vijay Prakash, Bihar’s welfare secretary, told Reuters. “They always had the skills, but lacked direction which we are giving them and the experiments have so been very successful.”

India has the world’s highest HIV/AIDS caseload with 5.7 million infected people, according to the United Nations AIDS agency. But activists say the true figure may be much higher as surveillance is limited in much of the country.

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  1. “Recruit” ROFL!

  2. @Slim

    Atleast government is doing some thing to educate people, so no complaints..:)

  3. I wasn’t laughing at the story. “Recruit” sounded really funny in the context!

  4. that’s a gr8 idea…an idea can change ur life!! it may change beggars life and can change indias face in global world too,as many look our country as a land of beggars! i do have one more plan in addition to this, local corporations can also recruit them on weekly/monthly wage basis to keep their respective/alloted areas clean throughout the day, by this we can maintain hygiene and cleanliness in our surrounding as well instead of begging they are given a chance to earn their bread and butter in a creative way with their self respect in tact.

  5. In the end it makes sense. Bringing awareness to the streets is the way to do it. I just hope people will listen to these people.


    Great Blog BTW !

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