Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV Flag

  • Award Entered:
    Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
  • Parent Organisation:
    Oceania National Olympic Committees
  • Project Host Nation:
    Fiji
  • Overview of Project:
    In March 2008, the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) launched the Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV (STOP HIV) to utilize the power of sport to deliver education and prevent transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among youth of the Pacific. ONOC is the regional governing body for 17 National Olympic Committees and STOP HIV has been embraced by Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. 1. STOP HIV identifies, trains and supports athlete role models [STOP HIV Champions] to inspire and educate youth in their sports and communities around the Pacific and to be advocates for HIV awareness and prevention. 2. STOP HIV utilizes sporting events as a platform from which to deliver education in an engaging and non confronting environment. 3. STOP HIV uses a games based approach to education to engage and stimulate youth, strengthening their sports abilities at the same time as teaching about HIV and sexually transmitted infections. 4. STOP HIV builds and strengthens partnerships between National Olympic Committees and National AIDS Councils and other Non Government Organizations, Ministries and Civil Society within their country in the Pacific.

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