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NGO takes HIV/AIDS campaign to sports

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th August 2005 03:00 AM

LUTHERAN World Federation (LWS), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Sembabule has stretched its HIV/AIDS awareness to the ongoing crowd pulling Masaza Cup.

LUTHERAN World Federation (LWS), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Sembabule has stretched its HIV/AIDS awareness to the ongoing crowd pulling Masaza Cup.

By Douglas Mazune

LUTHERAN World Federation (LWS), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Sembabule has stretched its HIV/AIDS awareness to the ongoing crowd pulling Masaza Cup.

Flyers with HIV/AIDS awareness messages are distributed at matches and training sessions that normally attract big numbers of youth out of school. Videos with HIV/AIDS control messages are shown and T-shirt are given out.

“If you just call the youth to tell them about HIV/AIDS they may not easily come so  we organise sports events where they come and get the message because very many of them like sports and its part of their leisure. We also encourage the youth to avoid being idle,” said Samuel James Kibanga, the project manager of the Sembabule Community Based AIDS project.

Kibanga said his organisation had found the Masaza Cup a fertile ground as many people of all age groups are enthusiastic about the matches.

“We take advantage of the numbers to put our message across,” he said, adding that local leaders must organise events like these for which the local communities can be mobilised in numbers.

National Council of Sports (NCS) has also been going around the country urging sportsmen “to play safe”.

NGO takes HIV/AIDS campaign to sports

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