HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a global epidemic, but sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately large burden of the disease, with an estimated 69% of all people infected with HIV living in this part of the continent.

HIV remains an on-going challenge for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. While there has been real progress in the last 10 years - with falling infection rates and fewer HIV-related deaths - the vast majority of people who live in these countries continue to either be infected or affected by the disease.

The Facts

HIV affects people in almost every country in the world, but Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of the disease:

24.7 million

people living with HIV

4.7%

adult HIV prevalence

1.5 million

new HIV infections annually

39%

positive adults on ARVs

UNAIDS Gap Report 2014

Tackling HIV through prevention, testing and challenging stigma is central to Cricket Without Boundaries’ work, it’s where the charity started and remains central to its goals.

Our Approach

Cricket Without Boundaries runs projects focusing on HIV-related health messaging in all 5 of our current countries. While each country’s HIV profile is unique, projects generally focus on 3 key messages:

Prevention, often reflecting messages students are exposed to in school and including the UNAIDS/PEPFAR recognised three-pronged “ABC” message of:

Abstain
Be faithful
Condom use

Testing and treatment, reinforcing the importance of knowing our HIV status, testing regularly, and following treatment regimens correctly if you are HIV positive.

Reducing stigma associated with HIV positive status and combating gender inequalities by having boys and girls of all statuses training, learning and playing together.

These are all achieved by linking these concepts to cricket activities and competitions, bringing them alive and creating opportunities for honest and open discussion.

 

Success Stories

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Testing Times in Uganda

1st Oct 2015

Uganda’s HIV lead Steve looks at the importance of a robust testing programme, and it’s potential to change lives.

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Getting it right

20th Oct 2014

The challenges of tackling HIV in Botswana aren’t always obvious. Here’s why it’s crucial we get messaging right.

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HIV positives

14th Oct 2013

The story of an HIV positive teacher, and how she has made the very best of the hand that she has been dealt.

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Testing pioneers

26th Oct 2012

Read about the first project to run HIV testing stations alongside cricket festivals, and the importance of testing.

ABC

UNAIDS/PEPFAR MESSAGE

Abstain, Be Faithful, Condom Use

Testing and Treatment

KNOWING OUR STATUS

And acting accordingly to stay healthy

Challenging Stigma

EVERYONE PLAYS TOGETHER

Positive and Negative, Boys and Girls

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