The Minister of Education Youths and Sports Dr Minkailu Bah over the weekend launched the Manchester United Supported HIV&AIDS campaign in Sierra Leone under the theme “Unite for Children’ Unite against AIDS’
Before launching Minister Bah said he was there to show the support of this government to fight this disease HIV&AIDS
He said as the Minister responsible for the Youths “I am concerned that young people are in the centre of the HIV&AIDS epidemic and therefore targeting prevention activities for and by young people will be an opportunity to stop HIV&AIDS among this population.
The UNICEF country representative Geert Cappelaere in his statement which was read on his behalf said “this launch is a special occasion for UNICEF as it marks the beginning of a longstanding relationship between UNICEF and the Manchester United football club in raising awareness and providing information on the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention.”
He extended his sincere gratitude on behalf of UNICEF and the UN family “to our national partners in the campaign, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, the National AIDS Secretariat and the Sierra Leone football association, who have worked tirelessly with us in making campaign a reality.”
The statement went further that Manchester United football club and its players Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand are bringing their message especially to the youth of Sierra Leone.
Through this campaign, Manchester United wishes to support the young people who have survived the war of guns to win the battle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic
The statement noted that the launch will be replicated in other African countries over the next months and years, with Sierra Leone serving as a shining example of youth who embrace the prevention of HIV/AIDS.