AU, IPPF to use sports to tackle AIDS, reproductive health

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will hold a discussion on the theme 'Sport and HIV/AIDS' on the sidelines of the fifth AU conference of Sports Ministers in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 22-26 July.

During the meeting, the two will discuss ways and means to include people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in sports events and use sports stars to convey the message against the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve access to AIDS-related information at the community level.

IPPF believes that sports can positively contribute to the fight against the disease, since the practice of sports can strengthen the immune system and give the body enough strength to delay the onset of the disease, while improving the social inclusion of PLWHA, as part of
efforts to tackle stigmatization.

Over 33 million people across the globe are affected with AIDS, one third of which are youth aged under 25.

That is why the youth are the main targets of the AU Commission and IPPF programmes aimed at rolling back the disease.
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21 juillet 2013 15:12:05

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