CWB joins STOPAIDS, as part of global effort to turn epidemic on its head

Aug 06 2014

The cricket development and AIDS awareness charity, Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), is celebrating its membership to the UK network STOPAIDS, as part of its efforts to provide an effective global response to HIV and AIDS.

David Murray, Chief Executive at CWB said of this move:

‘As a small charity attempting to battle against the ‘Goliath’ of HIV and AIDS, we need to collaborate in order to turn this epidemic on its head. As we develop our partnerships with health, education and sports agencies in Africa, we see great value in joining UK networks like STOPAIDS to further develop our approach to tackling HIV/AIDS. It is through a joined-up, global effort that we can expect to beat this illness’

‘The recent UNAIDS Gap report tells us that for those who know their HIV-positive status in Sub-Saharan Africa, almost 90% have access to treatment. And yet, there are 19 million people globally living with the virus who do not know their status. This highlights just how important it is to promote access to testing, treatment and counselling, and provides us with a clear challenge’.

CWB places HIV messaging at the heart of its cricket coach education, through innovative associations between the language and form of cricket and that of HIV awareness-raising. By partnering with national Cricket Associations, British High Commissions, and local health and education agencies, CWB’s collaborative approach has seen the establishment and growth of cricket in 5 countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda). Nearing its 10th anniversary celebrations next year, CWB aims to have reached 100,000 children with its awareness messages and to have qualified 3,500 adults as HIV awareness advocates and cricket coaches.

About The Author

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK registered charity (number 1154576) that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world's leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.