Right To Play

HIV prevention and education: 8 new sports fields for 5,600 children in Zambia

In Zambia, sports fields used for football, netball and volleyball provide 5,600 children with an inclusive and empowering forum for playing together and developing valuable life skills and health knowledge.

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It ran from 2:33 PM, 24 April 2018 to 3:01 PM, 3 July 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112404)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

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In Zambia there is growing concern about the number of young people putting themselves at risk of HIV infection.The current adult HIV prevalence rate is 13.1 per cent, while only 33.6 per cent of young people aged 15-24 are able to correctly identify three ways of preventing the transmission of HIV. As the world's leading sport-for-development NGO, Right To Play has developed pioneering methodologies for equipping young people with vital health and life skills through the power or sport and play. The inclusive nature of sport, as well as its global popularity and ability to enthuse and engage, makes it a hugely successful means of imparting health knowledge and disease prevention strategies. As part of Right To Play's greater HIV/AIDS education and prevention mission, 8 news sports fields will be created in 7 locations across Zambia (Chikumbi, Chawama, Kamanga, Northmead, Linda, Kalingalinga, Mtendere and Garden). Sports including football, volleyball and netball will engage over 5,600 children and young people and provide a popular and well-attended forum for the transmission of Right To Play's health education and Reflect, Connect, Apply life strategies. As a result of this project, an increased number of children in disadvantaged communities will participate in sport and play activities, acquiring improved health knowledge and increased awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies. Children will achieve greater understanding of their own bodies and will be taught valuable life skills enabling them to maintaining healthier behaviour, resist peer pressure and protection themeselves against disease and vulnerability.

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