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Johns Hopkins: CCP Initiative Uses Soccer to Teach About HIV Risk

The One SKILLZ initiative, part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program’s (CCP) One Community program in Malawi, is using a 10-session curriculum that uses soccer to teach about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and how to avoid it. CCP is based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in its department of health, behavior and society.

The program started in March and already has 28 One Community staff trained as master coaches and 168 community volunteers trained as community coaches. There are already more than 4,270 youth signed up. By the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, the goal is to have had 37,750 children participate in at least seven sessions each.

The ultimate goal is to see a drop in HIV incidence in young people. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) statistics estimate that, in 2017, 9.6 percent of adults in Malawi live with HIV. Roughly 71,000 children 14 and under are infected with HIV and 350,000 people 17 and under are orphans because of HIV.

The initiative also tackles gender norms and gender-based violence as well as skills to stay healthy and be influential in their communities. The curriculum was developed by an organization called Grassroot Soccer and has two age-specific components, one for kids ages 9 to 14 and one for 15- to 17-year-olds.

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