1st December is World AIDS Day where people across the globe take a moment to reflect on the lives that have been lost to the most deadly pandemic of the modern age, and some of the heroes and heroines of the response.
HIV is preventable and treatable, yet over a million people die of AIDS related illness every year, usually because they lack the information, skills, power or access to services that they need to protect themselves. This is why women and young people are most at risk, and need targeted appropriate services.
At TackleAfrica, our staff, volunteers and coaches work every day with young people across Africa, using the power of football to give the knowledge, skills and access needed for adolescent Africans to protect themselves and their communities from HIV.
All of the photos in this collage were taken at TackleAfrica sessions or training courses in the last week.
We work with 12,000 young men and women across East, West and Southern Africa, training and supporting community coaches to deliver a football-based health curriculum on the pitch in a way that young people enjoy, remember and understand.
We work with partners to provide youth-friendly mobile HIV testing and counselling at sessions and tournaments, and a safe pathway to other services like STI screening, HIV treatment and condom distribution.
To make a donation of £2 to TackleAfrica this World AIDS Day, text TACKLE to 70660.
Click here to find out how you could get involved with TackleAfrica in 2017.
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