Project #1885

Using the power of soccer to fight HIV/AIDS

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
Mar 25, 2013


INTRODUCTION On 24th March 2013, world TB day, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP in conjunction with TB Action group and the ministry of public health and sanitation hosted a TB awareness football tournament at Jericho grounds. An exciting day of football coupled with voluntary counseling, HIV testing and TB screening, the tournament was organized under the theme of "Tuberculosis free Kenya!". A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Jericho community grounds, the heart of Jericho estate in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Tuberculosis free champions JERICHO TOWNSHIP Located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi, Jericho is an area with an average population of 200,000 people with 60% being low-income earners and 40% depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Jericho is a well know football power house area having produced the finest football players who have featured in various top clubs, nationally and internationally.Subsiquently,it's also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges e.g. HIV/AIDS,TB,lack of employment, early pregnancies,rape,drug abuse etc.The hosting of TB awareness football tournament in Jericho was a major boost and a heath supplement to the home of many football stars in Jericho and the community at large.The hosting of the tournament developed a great relationship with community and made a significant mark on how the game of football and its popularity can be used as a catalyst for social change. AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also participating in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS activities, stop TB activity visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match. A total of 400 participants attended the event with 180 youth players from various teams participating in the tournament Players and Community members around Jericho got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the event. Every Youth/player that was tested walked out with a bonus point to his/her team. One player from each age group was chosen as soccer champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as spirit champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS and stop TB activities. FIELD CLASSROOM During intervals and half time, both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV by VAP's peer educators who were at hand to conduct the intervention activities.


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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nancy Waweru
Nairobi, Kenya
$30,030 raised of $60,000 goal
274 donations
$29,970 to go
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