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Apia, 25th May 2012 - Samoa’s national sporting body, SASNOC, and the Samoa Aids Foundation, SAF, are to join forces and use the power of sport to raise awareness and educate young Samoans about HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), reflecting their commitment as responsible and caring organizations.
Under an agreement signed today at Olympic House, at the Tuinamoto Sports Complex, by SASNOC’s President, Nu’u Tapasu Leung Wai and SAF’s President, Namulauulu Dr. M. Nu’ualofa Tuuau-Potoi, both organisations have decided to work through Samoa’s sporting network and use their respective resources to deliver STI and HIV education to young Samoans aged between 15 and 29 years.
In line with the Healthy Samoa national policy, SASNOC and SAF will utilize a range of modified games and deliver outreach activities that educate the young through sporting events hosted by sporting members and partners.
SASNOC will introduce the Oceania National Olympic Committee’s (ONOC) Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV (STOP HIV) to its 34 national sporting associations/federations while SAF will draw on its membership of 32 organisations involved in mobilizing community support to reduce the rate of STI and HIV infections in Samoa.
According to Secretariat of the Pacific Community figures, the number of recorded HIV cases in Samoa in 2009 was 22.
Dr Potoi says the primary aim of this new cooperation is to provide a platform through which SASNOC’s STOP HIV activities and SAF outreach programs can be delivered to reach the sporting youth and communities of Samoa.
She says SAF representatives will work closely with executive bodies of the national sporting associations/federations hosting targeted sporting competitions.
SASNOC President, Nu’u Tapasu Leung Wai, says both organisations will compile an annual Calendar of Sports Events and draw a list of events to be targeted where STOP HIV awareness and education activities will take place.
The life of the MOU is for 3 years with reviews conducted annually by the 2 organizations.
TOP PICTURE: Namulauulu Dr. M. Nu’ualofa Tuuau-Potoi, SAF President and Nu'u Tapasu Leung Wai, SASNOC President sign the MOU
BOTTOM PICTURE: Nu'u Tapasu Leung Wai, SASNOC President congratulated by Margaret Eastgate, STOP HIV Regional Program Manager following the MOU signing