We are currently running programmes in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania), Southern Africa, (Lesotho, Zambia and Malawi) and West Africa (Cote D’Ivoire, and Burkina Faso). We will be starting a new programme South Africa later in 2018, and in further West African countries from 2019 onwards.
We are actively looking for new partners in Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.
All of our programmes involve working with partners to support coaches to deliver effective interactive football-based curricula with young people in their communities. Some of our projects support specific groups, such as young women and girls, prisoners or people living with HIV. Others focus on specific outcomes that are important to the local community, such as encouraging young people to access voluntary HIV testing and counselling, or building resilience to harmful practices that put people at risk such as Child Marriage or Female Genital Mutilation.
Between April 2017 and March 2018, 9,425 young people took part in regular TackleAfrica sessions, 2,739 engaged in voluntary HIV testing and counselling, and 23,789 contraceptives were given out at our sessions and tournaments.
In all of our programmes we give young people the information, skills and confidence to take control of their sexual and reproductive health and make safe, informed decisions.
We work with adolescent boys and girls with a usual age range of about 12-18; we want to reach people before and as they become sexually active to ensure that they are fully informed and empowered to make safe decisions. HIV is still the biggest killer of adolescents in Africa and remains a critical sexual and reproductive health priority.