STOP Continues Fight On World AIDS Day
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Today is World AIDS Day and FASANOC's STOP Program will continue to play its role and advocate against HIV/AIDS and NCD's in the country through its STOP Champions.
STOP Co-ordinator Jeegar Bhavsar said the value of sport in advocating issues was huge and beneficial to the younger generations today.
"We use elite and well known athletes from a wide range of sports as STOP Champions who use sport as a tool for not only health lifestyle but also for personal development and character building," he said.
"And these STOP Champions have been successful in getting their message across to their peers and the public as a whole."
According to UNAIDS deputy executive director, Jan Beagle, Fiji has been successful in its efforts to contain the exponential growth of HIV over the past decade.
Fiji has 2000 people with HIV and 100 new cases each year but Ms Beagle said the country was on track to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
World AIDS Day was started in 1988 by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and mourn those who had already fallen victim to the virus.
According to the WHO, an estimated 39 million people worldwide have died from the virus since the first HIV cases were diagnosed in 1981.
Pic: Team Fiji Sprinter and STOP Champion Francis Kirikirikula advocates to members of the Suva Womens Soccer Team