In an effort to raise awareness for the 2021 World AIDS Day commemoration, Sport In Action hosted a Sports tournament at Munali School on 4th December, 2021.
With this year’s WAD theme being “End Inequalities. End AIDS, this tournament was designed for the youth to allow for them to have HIV/AIDS sensitization sessions and life skills trainings while participating in various sports activities. 305 youths from six Sport In Action Centers namely, Chipata compound, Munali, Mtendere, Kabwata Play Park, Fountain Of Hope and Matero participated in the tournament.
With AIDS being the leading cause of death among young people in Africa and the second leading cause of death among young people worldwide, Sport In Action has embarked on a mission to sensitize the youth on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and use sports as a means of keeping the youth occupied away from endangering their lives.
Sport In Action acknowledges that there are many factors that put young people at an elevated risk of HIV. Adolescence and early adulthood is a critical period of development when significant physical and emotional changes occur. The transition from childhood to adulthood is also a time for exploring and navigating peer relationships, gender norms, sexuality and economic responsibility.
Sport In Action strongly believes in using sports as a means of raising awareness for issues such as HIV/AIDS, especially among the youth.
The concept of this tournament was also applied at Sport In Action centers in Livingstone and Kabwe