TackleAfrica targets to inform, support and challenge young Ugandans in Hoima to make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV in their communities, adding value to existing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes, aiming to empower disadvantaged young people and create better futures for them and their communities – through football.
Problem to be tackled
Economically, Hoima is an oil-rich mining area, meaning commercial sex work and transactional sex is an escape from poverty for some adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). In addition, lockdown has led to many young people and their parents losing jobs and incomes, and they have become desperate for alternative means. In this context, access to information and services for AGYW is essential. Now that lockdown restrictions have been eased, it is crucial sending TackleAfrica coaches back out to the schools and communities to deliver information and services to those in serious need.
TackleAfrica uses the power and popularity of football to deliver HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services to young people on football pitches across the continent.
The programme is focussed on adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) but will deliberately and strategically include a small percentage of adolescent boys and young men (ABYM) in every team. This has worked well in opening up conversations around gender equity, and by recruiting female coaches, ABYM can see positive female role models in positions of respect. ABYM struggle even more than AGYW to overcome fears of accessing sexual health services, and so frank and open discussion with mixed groups gives them a chance to confront their own internal barriers.
With the support from The SOL Foundation, TackleAfrica will be able to extend the pilot programme of the last two years – also by adding a project delivery partner with HONECRIC – using football to inform, support and challenge young Ugandans in Hoima to make safer decisions, limiting the impact of HIV in their communities and adding value to existing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programmes.
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