Health and well-being through sport
Projet porté par Kick4Life
According to the WHO, Lesotho faces major challenges regarding poverty, health and food insecurity in poorer communities. Nearly 39% of the vulnerable children live with growth delay and only 30% of the population have access to health facilities. It ranks as the fourth country with the highest tuberculosis prevalence and with the second highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. There is equally an urgent need associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, HIV-positive youngsters being especially vulnerable on account of their weaker immune system.
Kick4Life shall target the children and youths of the Maseru District, the most populated city in the country with about 432,000 inhabitants, 24,500 of whom being orphans and vulnerable children (over 5 % of the total population).
- Stepping up prevention and the fight against addiction, including substance abuse and harmful use of alcohol
- Considerably curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis and other transmissible diseases
- Cutting down by a third premature death caused by diseases not transmissible by prevention and treatment
- Facilitating access to quality basic health services
- Facilitating access to efficient and affordable drugs and vaccines for all and promoting mental health and well-being
- Providing universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including for family planning, information and education
- Mobilisation of participants and training educators in accordance with Kick4Life’s curriculum
- Knowledge building sessions on HIV/AIDS with the objective of encouraging tests and curbing the stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS
- Organising football tournaments during which the security practices regarding hygiene shall be promoted
- Awareness campaigns on such transmissible infections as tuberculosis, hepatitis, epidemics, etc.
- Partnership with local health structures for HIV/AIDS screening and counseling sessions as well as for other needs in relation to physical and mental health
- Promoting gender equality, child protection and the empowerment of vulnerable people
- 1,500 youths from poorer neighbourhoods (street children, out-of-school youths, teenage mothers, vulnerable girls, youths living with HIV/AIDS and children living with a handicap)
- 500 orphans and vulnerable children and 150 children with a physical handicap, half of whom are girls and the other half boys
- 15 coaches shall be taking a week’s intensive vocational courses that will teach them all the aspects of a coach’s role.
- 4,500 people impacted indirectly by the health sensitisation and education activities