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21
FEB
2015

TeachAIDS was awarded a grant from Dream Blue Foundation (DBF) in their Education & Technology category.  The foundation is an independent nonprofit organization established by BTI Solutions, Inc. and works towards improving the lives of people around the globe with the most urgent needs. Together we will expand our research-based HIV interactive software to reach more areas in the world.

Dream Blue Foundation partners with organizations to support initiatives and programs that respond in meaningful and holistic ways to meet the needs and priorities of vulnerable populations.

We are pleased to welcome DBF as a TeachAIDS partner. We look forward to combining efforts to expand our interactive software to make prevention education more accessible globally.

15
JAN
2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the video versions of the TeachAIDS animated software has been shown nationally throughout India, reaching millions of viewers in both rural and urban areas. With the support of both the central and state governments, and our media partners, the HIV prevention animations were shown prime time on the most popular public and private television stations across the country — pro bono. The Hindi version, one of India’s national languages, was shown on Doordarshan National (DD) while the local language versions were shown on the highest rated TV stations such as SUN TVOTVMAA TVABN Andhra, and the local Doordarshan affiliates. All these stations generously donated airtime to help promote a more concrete understanding of the complexities around HIV and AIDS.

The release of these customized versions expand TeachAIDS to include some of the most widely spoken languages in India, and the world. Hindi is spoken natively by 370 million, Tamil by 70 million, Kannada by 40 million, Assamese by 16 million, and Odia by 33 million. English is widely spoken as a first, second, and third language throughout India, with more than 125 million estimate English speakers in the country. In total, these launches make state-of-the-art HIV prevention education available to a potential audience of more than half a billion.

We are immensely grateful to our media partners for their commitment in helping to empower people of all ages across India.

Left to Right: Ms. Amala Akkineni (Actress & TeachAIDS Trustee), Mr. Nagarjuna (Actor & TeachAIDS Ambassador), Ms. Ashwini Doshi (TeachAIDS Founding Board Member), Dr. Piya Sorcar (TeachAIDS Founder & CEO), Mr. Amitabh Bachchan (Actor & TeachAIDS Ambassador) at Annapurna Studios, India.
31
DEC
2014
TeachAIDS year-end celebration

On behalf of TeachAIDS, wishing everyone a joyful New Year. Thank you to all of you who helped make 2014 a year to remember. This year we launched 12 new versions of our software to provide state-of-the-art HIV prevention education to an audience of more than 500 million, partnering with numerous governments, NGOs, and celebrities. We are excited to explore new adventures and overcome more challenges together in 2015.

Photo: (Left to Right: Ms. Amala Akkineni (Actress & TeachAIDS Trustee), Mr. Nagarjuna (Actor & TeachAIDS Ambassador), Ms. Ashwini Doshi (TeachAIDS Founding Board Member), Dr. Piya Sorcar (TeachAIDS Founder & CEO), Mr. Amitabh Bachchan (Actor & TeachAIDS Ambassador) at Annapurna Studios, India.
Cast of medical drama “Urimai”, starring Amala Akkineni, announces TeachAIDS India-wide launch
01
DEC
2014

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.

15
NOV
2014

We are often asked to share the behind-the-scenes (BTS) efforts of our development process. In light of this, we’ve released a sneak peak into the making of the TeachAIDS Indian software. This video is a sneak peak into the process of developing 14 of the TeachAIDS animated software in 7 Indian languages. These software products feature an unprecedented collaboration between leading actors from various film industries all over India.

The BTS includes interviews from TeachAIDS Ambassadors and Researchers including:

Akash Das Nayak (Film Actor), Amala Akkineni (Film Actress; Social Activist; Trustee, TeachAIDS India Trust), Amitabh Bachchan (Film Actor; UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Anne Firth Murray (Founding President, The Global Fund for Women), Anu Choudhury (Film Actress), Anu Prabhakar (Film Actress), Anushka Shetty (Film Actress), Aruna Mohanty (Dancer and Choreographer), Chandrima Gogoi (Special Projects Director, TeachAIDS), Dr. Cheryl Koopman (Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stanford School of Medicine), Dr. Clifford Nass (Co-founder, TeachAIDS; Professor of Communication, Computer Science, and Law Stanford University), Dr. David Katzenstein (Professor of Medicine Director, Center for AIDS Research, Stanford University School of Medicine), Shabana Azmi (Actress; Former Indian Parliamentarian; UN Goodwill Ambassador), Dr. Douglas K. Owens (Professor of Medicine; Director, Center for Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine), Dr. Piya Sorcar (Founder and CEO, TeachAIDS), Dr. Randall Stafford (Professor of Medicine; Director, Prevention Outcomes and Practices, Stanford School of Medicine), Dr. Shelley Goldman (Professor of Education and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University), Imran Khan (Film Actor), Kopil Bora (Film Actor and Director), Malaya Goswami (Film Actress and Director), Nagarjuna (Actor, Director, and Producer), Pranjal Saikia (Film Actor, Director and Producer), Prashanta Nanda (Film Actor, Former Minister of State of Odisha), Shruti Haasan (Film Actress, Singer and Composer), Shuman Ghosemajumder (Co-founder, TeachAIDS; Former Global Head of Product for Click Fraud, Google), Sudeep (Film Actor, Director, and Producer), Siddharth (Film Actor), Suhasini Maniratnam (Film Actress, Director, Producer and Writer), Suriya (Film Actor and Producer), Vijay Raghavendra (Film Actor), Zerifa Wahid (Film Actress).