A project managed by Tackle Africa
In the early 2000s, 25.3 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were living with HIV, accounting for over 70% of the global infection rate. At least 15% of adults were infected in the eight worst affected countries in Africa (source: United Nations).
The Tackle Africa programme has been rolled out in 12 African countries. It brings together governments and local NGOs specialising in health information and disease prevention to raise awareness among young people. The subjects covered include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), access to contraception and abortion, and the issue of sexual violence.
- Build community resilience to STDs and HIV in particular
- Encourage young people to get tested
- Strengthen resilience to all forms of sexual violence (rape, harassment, forced marriage, genital mutilation)
- Promote peace by encouraging participation in football in conflict zones
- Educating young people about sexual health issues and the risks of STDs
- Providing free contraceptives and STD prevention kits
- Creating an information platform for young people for regular sexual health education
- Establishing partnerships with local organisations to develop and deliver the programme
- Recruiting and training teachers and sports coaches to oversee the programme
See the Tackle Africa programme in action
- 12 African countries have benefited from the programme to date (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
- Over 10,470 young people (aged 10–20) have participated in the programmes, 50% of them girls
- Nearly 100,000 contraceptives have been distributed
- 610 coaches have been recruited and trained
- Programme funded through sponsorship, events and appeals for donations
- Over £107,000 was raised in 2019 through Football Marathons
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