We are delighted to announce a new partnership with a fantastic organisation in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO). BISO also work with our Malawi partner AVERT and are funded by our Nairobi programme funder PEPFAR so this is a truly pan-African partnership.
Zambia has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, with more than 12% of the population living with the virus. The epidemic in Zambia is driven by unprotected heterosexual sex, which almost always means young women and girls are disproportionately affected. Women are always more likely to experience forced or non-consensual sex, and are physiologically more susceptible to contract HIV. BISO’s work incorporates HIV education, prevention, particularly with Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).
Thanks to funding from PEPFAR, we have started a programme working with boys and girls in Chazanga, an area of Lusaka. It’s always exciting to start work with a new organisation and new coaches and to hear their thoughts on learning a new methodology. Percy Bwalya (right- arms crossed), a teacher at BISO and a new TackleAfrica coach told us “All I can say is that the programme has also helped me as a teacher in my lessons, as before this my HIV knowledge was not so good, but through the workshop I now have information about HIV. ” Colleague Merit Chanda (middle, in the cap) said “the TackleAfrica programme is unique in the sense that through the sport they enjoy the most, [players] end up learning a lot about HIV. The programme is educative.”
We’re looking forward to hearing more from coaches and players on this programme, and wish all our new coaches the best of luck delivering their inaugural sessions!
We are proud to be funded by PEPFAR, the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief both in Zambia and for our DREAMS programme in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information about how you can get involved with our work, please visit https://tackleafrica.org/get-involved/