IN its drive to drum the message to the rural population, the National AIDS Council (NAC) yesterday gave K150,000 to the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee for PNG Games HIV prevention activities.
This will see the HIV prevention message delivered to more than 6,500 athletes who will attend the PNG Games next month.
Acting director for the NAC Secretariat Wep Kanawi presented K150,000 to the PNGSF OC secretary general and chairman of committee on HIV prevention through sport Sir John Dawanicura.
Kanawi took the opportunity to thank Sir John and his team for their tireless effort in the establishment of the multi-sectorial committee targeting HIV through sports to date including the planning of HIV materials and advocacy for the 4th PNG Games in NCD.
The acting director was pleased to announced at the presentation that the grant application by Sir John and his team for the PNG Games had been successful.
The main activity being the quiz which is designed to measure the behaviour, knowledge and sexual patterns of the athletes and officials is considered to be a useful tool that could be used again in other events.
According to Sir John, the funding support would go towards HIV prevention advocacy activities during the games.
This will involve the printing of a HIV quiz targeted at 6,500 accredited athletes and officials and an estimated 2,000 games volunteers, to provide baseline data across the sports community from all 20 provinces.
“This will be a biggest survey of HIV knowledge, attitudes and access ever conducted in PNG on sports and sports men and women at a major national event.
“There will be bags containing t-shirts, condoms, pamphlets, a red ribbon and other items, which will be presented to participants upon completion of the quiz,” Sir John said.