"We are extremely happy to continue to support UNAIDS in their efforts to roll out the Protect the Goal campaign," said CONCACAF President Dr. Jeffrey Webb. "Presidents of national football teams in our organization have embraced the campaign message to speak out on HIV prevention in their countries."
"We are honoured to have Dr. Webb as a strong advocate for UNAIDS vision of Getting to Zero," said Senior Adviser Dr. Djibril Diallo, who represented the Executive Director of UNAIDS at the tournament. "Leadership from CONCACAF will be key as we gear up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil."
CONCACAF has also promoted the "Protect the Goal" campaign during games in Los Angeles, CA, July 7; Harrison, NJ, July 8; and Portland, OR, July 9. As part of the campaign, each of the participating teams carried the campaign banners before the games and a pledge was read by the team captains..
In April 2013, UNAIDS and CONCACAF signed an agreement in which both organizations agreed to combine their efforts to promote the "Protect the Goal" campaign and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, particularly among the youth.
In Latin America, the situation among youth is of particular concern given that less than 30 per cent of those aged 15 to 24 years correctly identify how to prevent sexual transmission of HIV, and condom use in this age group remains low, while only 30 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 report using condoms during last sexual activity.
Contact UNAIDS New York | Nicholas Gouede |
CONCACAF Miami | Felicitas Colombo |