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Development Gateway: Sports Addresses HIV--Game Plan, Play for Life, and Tackle Africa

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  • Janet Feldman
    Welcome to your newsletter from the HIV/AIDS dgCommunity of the Development Gateway. Anuradha Bhattacharjee Content Coordinator ... 1. NEW! HIGHLIGHT: Sport
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2007

      Welcome to your newsletter from the HIV/AIDS dgCommunity of the Development Gateway.

      Anuradha Bhattacharjee
      Content Coordinator

      1. NEW! HIGHLIGHT:  Sport Fights HIV -  Game Plan, Play for Life and Tackle Africa

      In 2002, West Africa's equivalent of the Super Bowl was held with millions of young
      football (soccer) fans tuned in to cheer on their national teams and to root for
      their favorite players. At the same time, they heard something unusual: Off the
      field, their sports idols were urging them to develop a personal Game Plan against

      The 23rd African Cup of Nations football tournament, hosted by Mali, provided an
      ideal setting for the launch of an HIV/AIDS education campaign supported by the
      U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) called Play for Life.  Implemented
      by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication
      Programs and local partners, the project drew on the popularity of football players
      and a captive audience of young men in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and Nigeria to
      deliver important messages about HIV/AIDS.

      Tackle Africa uses football uses football to reach young people in Africa to increase
      their understanding of HIV/AIDS and enabling them to live safe and healthy lives.
      From the campaigns experiences working with local communities around the continent,
      Tackle Africa has seen the effects of HIV/AIDS with ignorance, misconception and
      stigma still prevailing. Football is the world's most popular sport - and in
      Africa it has attained almost religious significance, breaking down barriers and
      providing opportunities for even the most disadvantaged to shine. Informal kickabouts
      can gather sizeable crowds in a matter of seconds, and serious matches have the
      potential to become the stuff of legend.

      By capitalising on this interest, TackleAfrica and its local partners can create
      a platform that can be used to as a tool for communicating vital messages, mobilising
      communities to join the fight against HIV, enabling people to protect themselves
      properly and challenging the plethora of stigma and misconceptions that surround
      the disease. Other organizations like the Kiringaya Sports Foundation in Kenya also
      empower young people by involving them in sports and educational programs.



      - HIV Awareness Football Tour - West and East Africa 2003/4

      - International Olympic Committee Policy on HIV/AIDS

      - Sports Beats HIV in Athens and Beyond

      - AIDS Charity Match in Pune, India Draws Celebrities

      3. DISCUSSION: Society Must Care for AIDS Orphans.

      With the growing numbers of children orphaned by parents dying from AIDS - it is
      important not just for governments to provide for their well-being and future, it
      also the duty of society and social organizations to offer a variety of services
      for children infected/affected by AIDS or drug exposed infants who will require
      foster or adoptive families. ONly society can create and support adoptive, foster,
      family centered care programs that are both effective and compassionate.

      Please share your views with the community and tell us about the programs in your
      country for AIDS orphans.

      At http://topics.developmentgateway.org/hiv/discussion/default/showDiscussion.do~id=3302?intcmp=914


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      Did you know that as a member of the HIV/AIDS dgCommunity you can share your knowledge
      resources (e.g., websites, papers, reports, presentations, images, news, events,
      etc) in just about any format including streaming audio and video.
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      Thank you!
      Anuradha Bhattacharjee 
      Content Coordinator

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