By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) has partnered with the United Nations (UN) under UNAIDS program to fight HIV/AIDS through the game boxing in the country.
UBF President Moses Muhangi confirmed this development during the presentation of the UN-UBF HIV/AIDS safe boxing partnership over the weekend at Emerald Hotel in Kampala.
The program intends to strengthen HIV activities of the UBF all over Uganda as UBF intends to use boxing as a route to mobilize, sensitize and promote healthy living among young people and fight HIV/AIDS stigma.
Also involving Uganda Aids Commission, the program has two missions which are; 'End AIDS in Uganda' and 'Box HIV/AIDS out of Uganda'.
“We are targeting about 3,500 boxers, 70 coaches, 70 referees, 35 clubs and over 200 schools. We are starting with schools and clubs around Kampala then we shall go to other parts of the country,” UBF Boss Muhangi said at the presentation.
The program will be implemented in three phases and the first phase will kick-off soon which will run up to December 2018.
The second phase will run from January 2019 to June while the third phase will involve monitoring and evaluation of the program.
Participating clubs are required to register and formalize themselves through re-structuring, register a fan base, develop a strong UBF data base and also create a strong relation with the boxing fraternity.
“Even after the program, we hope for a mileage partnership with UNAIDS and hopefully UNAIDS and Uganda AIDS Commission can fund some of our activities,” Muhangi added.
He noted that they will start with clubs that are ready.