Thursday, April 15, 2010

World Cup Used to Combat HIV/AIDS

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently created a partnership with Sony to provide HIV and AIDS counseling and services to more people throughout Ghana and Cameroon.

The program will function by providing HIV/AIDS testing and education where people can also come to watch the World Cup. Sony will set up large screens in both countries to freely broadcast around 20 World Cup matches. This will allow people to watch the games live in areas where both televisions and medical resources are scarce. This initiative hopes to reach 13,000 people and administer HIV tests to nearly 2,000 of them.

The UNDP and Sony said they plan to join forces on other global initiatives this year to promote progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

-Michelle Leung

Source: UN News Center