When people are in good health, societies prosper. Empowering people to live healthy lives and promoting well-being for all are essential components of sustainable development. While much has been done in recent years to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, real progress will only be achieved when everyone, including women and children, has access to quality health care.

How can sport address this issue ?

Sport is good for health. There is a great deal of scientific evidence and medical research showing that sports activities reduce the prevalence of numerous diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. They also improve mental health – relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma, for example – and contribute to the well-being and personal development of all individuals, including women and children.

Even moderate physical activity for just 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, has lasting beneficial effects. The World Health Organization has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for mortality worldwide and recognises the preventive and therapeutic impact of sport.

Project related to Goal 03

SKILLZ For Life : preventing malaria and HIV/AIDS

Deployed in Nigeria since 2015, "SKILLZ For Life" is a prevention programme dedicated to malaria and HIV/AIDS initiated by the NGO Special Olympics Nigeria in partnership with the NGO Grassroot Soccer.