Today, on World AIDS Day, Mercy Corps and Partners In Health are joining forces in Haiti to launch Foutbol pou Lavi — Soccer for Life — a program designed to harness the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV.
We’re gathering today in the national stadium in Port-au-Prince to raise awareness about World AIDS Day and Foutbol pou Lavi. We want to increase the number of people who know their HIV status by offering Volunteer Counseling and Testing; reduce discrimination and stigma of people living with HIV through interactive discussions and educational health activities; and promote unity through mixed-gender soccer games.
Soccer has an incredible unifying force that creates a healthy outlet for youth to channel their hopes and rebuild their lives. Our goal with Soccer for Life is to foster that environment while bringing attention to a powerful disease afflicting Haitian communities.