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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Spreading Aids awareness in the community

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Staff members and volunteers from the HIV/Aids Unit ran a workshop to promote healthy lifestyles for City Masters Football Club in Khayelitsha COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Staff members and volunteers from the HIV/Aids Unit ran a workshop to promote healthy lifestyles for City Masters Football Club in Khayelitsha

Motivated by its mission to promote a healthy lifestyle, the CPUT HIV/Aids Unit ran a workshop to educate football players in Khayelitsha about their role as partners in sexual relationships.

 

The workshop, which CPUT ran in conjunction with Partners in Sexual Health (PSH), was held at Khayelitsha Youth Centre in Makhaza and was attended by members of the City Masters Football Club.

Sean Hashe, City Masters coach, says the football club started a partnership with PSH to run workshops on leadership and sexual health as part of a team-building exercise.

“The club is collaborating with PSH for the good of the community as both institutions want players to be positive role models,” says Hashe.

Jabulile Mlandu, Operations Administrator and Master Trainer in Life Skills and Capacity Building at PSH, said the workshop was meant to encourage the players to lead positive lifestyles.

CPUT empowered the players by bringing female Peer Educators to stimulate the discussion about Men as Partners.

CPUT HIV/Aids Unit’s acting head, Alex Semba, says the programme, Men as Partners, is aimed at involving men in wellness issues such as Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and TB.

“We want to involve soccer players in health education,” says Semba.

Babalwa Kepe, a Management student and Peer Educator, initiated the partnership between CPUT, PSH and City Masters as she is also the club’s administrator.

Peer Educator Nomtika Mjwana says the workshop empowered the players to know more about HIV/Aids and their role in leading a health lifestyle.                                                                                                                                                                               

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za