We’ve just returned from India, working with governments, NGOs, and our national teams there in preparation for World AIDS Day. India has been a major focus for us this year. With the world’s third-largest HIV-positive population, it continues to have significant challenges related to HIV and AIDS; children are still thrown out of schools for being HIV-positive and the number of HIV-positive people continues to grow. The good news is that we are helping make significant progress on these fronts.
The national press gathered in Chennai, India, where news of the 12 new versions of the TeachAIDS animations, in 6 languages, was officially released. To commemorate this national event, the cast of the popular medical drama “Uyirmei”, starring Amala Akkineni, gathered to make the formal announcement.
The TeachAIDS India-wide software launch featured an unprecedented collaboration between leading actors from various film industries and governments all over the country, including:
Hindi – starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan (female | male)
Tamil – starring: Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Siddharth, Shruti Haasan (female | male)
Kannada – starring: Sudeep, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Prabhakar, Vijay Raghavendra (female | male)
Assamese – starring: Malaya Goswami, Pranjal Saikia, Kopil Bora, Zerifa Wahid (female | male)
Odia – starring: Prashanta Nanda, Aruna Mohanty, Anu Choudhury, Akash Das Nayak (female | male)
English – starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan (female | male)
The local language video versions of the TeachAIDS software will be televised throughout the nation this month. In addition, more than 100,000 physical copies of the software will be distributed systematically to schools, hospitals, and counseling centers nationwide next year.