The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is still one of the main obstacles to development and among the greatest societal challenges in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. Ivory Coast has a 2.6% HIV prevalence rate, the highest in West Africa, with 460,000 people infected (UNAIDS, 2018). Burkina Faso has an HIV 0.8% prevalence rate, with 94,000 people infected, however only 28,000 people - 18 – 26 year-olds - have access to anti-retrovirals (UNAIDS, 2017).  In addition, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) continues to be practised in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast with severe health implications for those afflicted. In light of these challenges, the project is building structures in the field of football for good aimed at addressing these issues through the promotion of inclusion, tolerance, gender equality and fair play.

 

In January 2019, streetfootballworld, Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs de Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Association Maia Bobo (Burkina Faso) and affiliate network member, Tackle Africa, teamed up for a project co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UEFA Foundation for Children. Through training sessions and football tournaments in both countries, the implementing organisations aim to provide football-based Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) with a focus on HIV and FGM, to 3,000 or more young people, aged 10 and 18.  

 

Eighty ‘multiplier coaches’, who have received extensive Tackle Africa CSE, HIV and FGM training, will deliver the sessions, organise the tournaments and continue delivery beyond the project period that runs until December 2020. In partnership with Dreyer Stiftung and in consultation with the community, local partners will also build a full-sized football pitch in Dano, Burkina Faso, extending the educational sessions to this community as well.

 

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