In commemoration of World Malaria Day on April 25, 2014, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) in joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC). and Novartis have partnered with the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) to organize the ‘Kick against Malaria Football Tournament’.
DATE: May 1, 2014.
VENUE: Kudirat Abiola Freedom Square (Evans Square), Old Yaba Road, Ebute Metta, Lagos.
TIME: 9am – 4pm.
Malaria is the cause of over 300,000 deaths every year in Nigeria. With the support of its partners, YEDI through its Grassroot Soccer program has carried out interventions for over 24,000 children in over 200 schools in Lagos state and Akwa Ibom. Grassroot Soccer provides a compelling game-changing toolkit for educators to use when teaching young people about Malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and life skills. It creates simple but powerful connections between the popular game of football and important life skills.
With NNPC/MPN pledging over $110 million since 2000 and reaching 83 million people since 2000, they remain one of the leading Companies in the fight against malaria. In Lagos, NNPC/MPN has supported YEDI in successfully implementing the Grassroot Soccer program since November 2011.
Novartis, through its Malaria Initiative, has delivered over 600 million malaria treatments for malaria to Africa without profit. Through the collaboration with YEDI in Nigeria, Novartis aims to further increase awareness about the disease and the importance of prevention, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment.
The second year of the ‘Kick against Malaria Tournament’ is generously sponsored by NNPC/MPN and Novartis. While football and the love for the popular game is at the center of the event, it is also serving as a backdrop for exciting activities all geared towards fighting malaria effectively.
Along with the tournament, YEDI offers Malaria Testing and Treatment; Free Health Services; Insecticide-Treated Net Distribution and much more. Six male and female teams from schools in Lagos Mainland will be playing to win the trophy as well as other exciting prizes at the tournament.
All of the activities are geared towards raising awareness about malaria, and to mobilize Lagosians to fight the deadly disease.