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Sports for Health, Well-Being and Development

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Sports for Health, Well-Being and Development

Sports have long been recognized as a powerful tool for promoting holistic health and well-being – not only physical health. Amref Health Africa’s Sports for Health project, in partnership with The SOL Foundation and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, leverages the power of sport to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) of young people in Dagoretti and Embakasi settlements, Nairobi, Kenya.

Today, on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, we are excited to announce the launch of Phase 2 of the project, which aims to reach even more young people and create sustainable opportunities for their health and well-being through sports.

At the core of the project and key to its positive SRHR outcomes have been the adoption of the edu-sport approach. In this way, the sports teams have been a place in the project where SRHR, gender norms, and resilience can be taught through play and social learning. The ability of sports to facilitate the development of young people’s life skills has meant the project helped translate knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour into positive action.

In Phase 2, Amref aims to local partnerships and increase the integration of sports and physical activity with training and development opportunities to reach more young people in Dagoretti and Embakasi to promote healthy behaviours and improve their SRHR.

The transformative power of sport

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the health and well-being of people worldwide, including adolescents. Many young people have faced disruptions in their education, social isolation, and increased risk of violence and exploitation.

The Sports for Health project provides an essential lifeline for vulnerable adolescents, providing a safe space for physical activity, mentorship, and education. Through the transformative power of sport, young people can develop confidence, leadership skills, and teamwork, which can help them navigate the challenges of adolescence, to know their rights around sexual and reproductive health and how to exercise them, and become healthy, productive members of society.

The launch of Phase 2 of the Sports for Health project represents a significant step forward in our collective efforts to improve health outcomes for vulnerable adolescents and it is a model we hope to replicate across sub-Saharan Africa.

The transformative power of sport

We are excited to build on the success of Phase 1 with the generous support of The SOL Foundation and funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, awarded by Postcode Global Trust, to create sustainable opportunities for young people's health and well-being through sports.

Together, we can help build healthier communities and brighter futures for young people.

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