By Novell Zwangendaba –JOHANNESBURG – In an effort to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS, the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development and the Brazilian Ministry of Health are embarking on a joint HIV and AIDS Awareness & Prevention Campaign during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM.
This comes at the most relevant time as South Africa battles the continual spread of HIV/Aids. According to the latest UNAIDS statistics, more than five million people in the host country of this year’s FIFA World Cup are infected with the HIV virus.
A Bus, decorated with football themes (outside) and with humoristic and creative HIV and AIDS prevention cartoons (inside), will visit Fan Parks, Public Viewing Areas (PVAs), Hubs and Informal Settlements, throughout the Gauteng province, including rural areas. The bus would be following, mainly, the cultural activities already scheduled by Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation.
South African and Brazilian artists and celebrities will join efforts to fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS through music, dance and humour.
The province’s PLAY IT SAFE campaign will be launched on Friday the 2nd of July at Mary Fitzgerald Sq. PVA in Newtown from 14hrs to 16 hrs.