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Balls to AIDS. The potential power of Sport in Development


Balls to AIDS. The potential power of Sport in Development

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Amy Gill



Amy Gill

This paper, submitted in partial fulfilment of a Bachelor of Science, provides an investigation into how the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) can contribute to the response to HIV in Papua New Guinea. The study made into the nature and scope of the epidemic found it to be exacerbated by complex social and economic factors. Interviews conducted with organisations within Papua New Guinea ascertained levels of awareness surrounding HIV, the popularity of football and the differing organisational approaches to tackling the disease.

Despite increasing levels of awareness an opportunity exists for football to make a significant contribution. The paper presents recommendations on how OFC can take a holistic approach to the response; by accepting the need to form meaningful partnerships and by ensuring that action has a long-term focus backed by high-level commitment, OFC has the opportunity to unlock the potential of football in the fight against HIV.

[Abstract adapted from the author]



Amy Gill


Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 23:00