NGOs want condoms, Aids info at stadia

2010-06-04 07:52

Aids organisations have criticised Fifa and the Local Organising

Committee for “blocking” attempts to make condoms and Aids-related information

available at World Cup stadia and fanparks.

“To date Fifa has not permitted any civil society organisation to

distribute HIV or health-related information and Fifa has not provided any

written confirmation that condoms may be distributed at stadia and within the

fan festivals,” they said in a statement.

They had requested an urgent meeting with the soccer body and the

Local Organising Committee (LOC), but were turned down.

The statement was issued by the Aids Consortium, the Community

Media Trust, John Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa, the National

Religious Association for Social Development, the SA HIV Clinicians Society,

Section 27, Sonke Gender Justice Network, Soul City and the Treatment Action

Campaign.

It was endorsed by Mark Heywood, the chairperson of the SA National

Aids Council (Sanac).

The group believed Fifa had a “moral obligation” to team up with

local organisations to protect citizens and visitors from HIV infection,

tuberculosis and the H1N1 virus.

It wanted Fifa to tell the public whether it had approved the

distribution of condoms and health information at stadia and fanparks, and

whether this approval extended to Sanac’s civil society affiliates.

It also wanted to know whether HIV testing and condoms would be

endorsed by Fifa and the LOC during the World Cup, for the sake of “millions of

people” who would be watching.

LOC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo could not immediately be reached for

comment.

 


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