World Cup Has Helped Highlight Public Health Issues in S. Africa, Reduce Stigma, Health Minister Says
June 15, 2010
South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently highlighted how the soccer World Cup has helped to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in South Africa and called for continued use of sports to highlight social and health issues after the tournament, the Associated Press reports. According to the news service, "[m]obile AIDS- and HIV-testing stations have been situated at matches in the buildup to the month long tournament, and soccer balls bearing tips on how to recognize and prevent TB have been distributed to thousands of children." Motsoaledi noted that soccer has been especially useful in connecting with usually difficult to reach populations. "It's up to us in South Africa. This momentum must not be lost," he said. "People want the issue of testing and knowing about your health to be something that must happen in everyday life and this has helped us to remove the stigma" (Condie, 6/12).
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