TackleAfrica uses the power and popularity of football to deliver HIV education to young people on football pitches across the continent. Specifically, we train African coaches to use fun, interactive football drills with the young people in their clubs and communities. We do this because many young people in Africa love football, but their location and their age means they’re most at risk of contracting HIV.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 90% of the world’s HIV-positive children, and over two thirds of all people living with HIV
Each drill contains a sexual health message about HIV that unfolds as they play. Drills are designed so that young people learn through play, in a way they enjoy, remember and understand. Through the messages in these drills, we educate and challenge young players to make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV in their families and communities.
We work closely with a range of local partners, from grassroots community based organisations to international NGOs and government ministries. These partners advise us on local HIV and sexual health priorities, and help us find and develop football coaches in their regions, and allow us to reach thousands of young Africans every year.