Project supported by the Côte d'Ivoire's Rugby Federation
Chronic diseases represent 102,900 deaths in 2016 hat is 30% of the premature deaths in Côte d’Ivoire. The rates of the overweight population have been sharply increasing since the 2010s and the risk factor causing non transmissible pathologies (NTDs) is mainly physical inactivity. In such a context characterised by the Covid-19 pandemic, the people most exposed are the ones suffering from a chronic disease or from a disease that weakens their immune system (notably with a history of cardiovascular, diabetes and obesity, sickle cell anaemia onslaughts, etc.).
So as to help reduce any mortality rate in connection with these chronic diseases, the RIF has engaged into a support process with the populations by using the values of the sport it promotes to propose enthusiasts and families health prevention actions and actions to battle inequalities. It aims at using the sport’s universality to promote social and human development in Côte d’Ivoire.
- Popularising rugby sevens and safeguarding the practice among children with health care
- Proposing preventive actions from chronic diseases to people at risk and youngsters
- Helping reduce the mortality rate in connection with NTDs and support changes of mindsets
- Guarantee the MEDI’SEPT Project’s continuity and financial empowerment
- Organising rugby tournaments and granting young participants insurance and practice licences
- Fitting out spaces for tracing diabetes and for free blood sugar tests for the elderly
- Campaigns of awareness on the dangers and risks associated with physical inactivity, on preventive measures against Covid-19 etc.
- 500 free licences for the children of Côte d’Ivoire (males and females) aged between 8 and 16
- 336 meals shall be dealt out to the youths participating and to the population during each tournament
- Target the population of parents and the nearest (between 800 and 1,000 people) in 12 target localities.