Iringa habitant consumes alcohol as a norm where large quantity is consumed during social events and other celebration, which contribute to health, social and economic harm. Through education given to adolescent girls, which bring impact to the community and the beneficiaries, young people will beware of preventing themselves from sexually transmitted diseases especially HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies and aware of their body images and change. They are reducing the fear of getting tested for HIV as some people lack confidence for voluntary testing during our events. The project participants increase knowledge on how to fear from issues deriving from the epidemic such as human rights, peacebuilding, the status of women, discrimination, personal relationship, community development, social responsibility health and to treat people living with HIV, equal as those who are not. Generally, the activities provide awareness, knowledge and behavior change within the community and contribute to social change.
PROJECT INTERVENTION CONDUCTED:
To conduct 4 days training to 60 coaches on HIV/AIDS, STIs, alcohol and drug abuse: The refresher training was conducted in the second week of April 2019, where 60 (F 30 & M 30) coached/young leaders participated in 4 days on training which was focusing on SDG 3 “Good health and wellbeing” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality” which seek to limit the impact of HIV and improve the Sexual Reproductive health and Rights (SRHR) of all participant in the communities. Coaches/Young leaders were trained for increasing and updating their capacity in techniques of conducting and delivering messages during weekly education through football sessions, as well as the provision of services such as HIV testing at the pitch side, condom distribution and referrals.
To exercise role-plays related to HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse: Coaches have been coaching and delivering health messages which focusing the SDG 3 and Social behavior Change Communication (SBCC) with the provision of limiting HIV impact of HIV and improving Sexual Reproductive health and Rights (SRHR) of all participants. Using IDYDC training manuals, young people have undergone 9 topics for 3 months using football coaching for increasing young people's knowledge/skills on HIV/AIDS, STIs, alcohol and drug abuse risks and awareness to the community for creating social behavior change. The exercise impacts are being addressed and presented by participants during graduations and community events. In these exercises, 9200 (F 4600 & M 4600) youth aged 10-17 years have reached, participated and improve their knowledge and 1800 girls aged 13-19 years were reached with HIV education.
Project outcome: There was a success in the year 2019 where the number of participants has increased which shows the increase of awareness on HIV/AIDS, STIs, alcohol and drug abuse by 1.3% from last year participation in the program. The number of people tested HIV has increased by 56.6% including people linked with health facilities which will lead to the reduction of HIV infections. Uses of alcohol and drug are 0% so that school performance and attendance have improved.
Inadequate facilities (Pitches) for program interventions we depend on the pitch at FFH Centre. Other are schools pitches which sometimes are used by the school. We are trying to talk with universities who have pitched more than one to allow us to use them. We are planning to find land where we can construct a big pitch. AND Limited funding is another challenge, some of the projects which were supporting program have ended so we are doing resource mobilization to find other donors to support the project, also we are contacting other streetfootballworld network members who are ready to partner in funding programs.