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UNAIDS works in cooperation with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) using sports as a platform to reach millions of people with messages on HIV awareness and prevention across Africa, particularly the youth. The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and the President of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou launched the “Protect the Goal” initiative on January 19 2013 at the opening ceremony of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg. The “Protect the Goal” campaign aims to raise awareness of HIV and mobilize young people to commit to HIV prevention.

“I believe Africa and its leaders can take charge of the AIDS response and find ways to secure the resources needed to make zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths a reality in every country. The Africa Cup of Nations, the most prestigious sports tournament on the continent, provides an exceptional opportunity to mobilize and re-energize Africans against AIDS as millions tune in and turn up to support their teams.”

Michel Sidibé

Executive Director of UNAIDS

Under Secretary-General of the United Nations



Nicholas N. Gouedé

Focal point on Sport for AIDS advocacy

UNAIDS Liaison Office/New York

Tel: + 646 666 8017

Email: [email protected]


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