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Call for articles: World AIDS Day 2019

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Call for articles: World AIDS Day 2019

sportanddev are launching a call for articles on the topic of sport and HIV/AIDS in the lead up to this year’s World AIDS Day, which is on 1 December 2019.

World AIDS Day was inaugurated in 1988 and was the first global health day to be established by the World Health Organization (WHO). World AIDS Day is on 1 December and serves as an opportunity to come together to fight against HIV/AIDS and to support those living with the disease.

Despite progress having been made in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS and in educating about the disease, stigma and discrimination remains a big issue. Between the years 2000 and 2018 ,new HIV infections decreased by 37% according to the WHO. However, there were still approximately 37.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2018, with 1.7 million people becoming newly infected that year.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remind governments and society that there is still a lot to do be done in the way of fundraising, increasing awareness, educating and tackling discrimination.

Sport and physical activity can provide a platform for addressing HIV/AIDS through education and prevention, and can also be an effective way to gather people for testing. Community sports or physical activity programmes can also provide social support for those living with the disease, helping to challenge social stigma. Additionally, sports coaches or mentors can be vital for providing social support and guidance to young people who have been diagnosed as HIV positive.

sportanddev are launching a call for articles in the lead up to World AIDS Day 2019 on the topic of sport and HIV/AIDS. Submissions can be articles, commentaries or events, and you are free to choose the topic – as long as it is relevant, we would love to hear from you. Some questions to consider could be:

  • What has sport’s role been in contributing to progress on HIV/AIDS?
  • How can sport be used to tackle HIV/AIDS?
  • What initiatives exist to raise awareness, advocate for the rights of HIV positive people, reach marginalised people or use sport to combat HIV/AIDS?
  • What are some considerations to be aware of when using sport to address HIV/AIDS?

To submit content, please email Nalini Badloe on with your idea and to discuss the next steps. Submissions will be accepted until 27 November.

  • Submissions should be no longer than 500 words
  • If possible, please include a horizontally orientated picture with copyright information


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