Amref Health Africa in Kenya has organized Mulika TB Maliza Tb Football Tournament which is aimed at reaching out to the youth. It is envisaged that the tournament will create awareness, conduct TB screening and testing and link people identified with TB to health facilities for further management. In addition, HIV testing and counselling services will be provided.
The four-day tournament is taking place in Makadara Sub-county, Nairobi County. The preliminaries will take place on Saturday, 17, and Sunday, 18 November 2018 at Jericho and Hamza grounds. The semi-finals will be held on November 24, 2018, and third runners-up and finals on November 25, 2018, at Camp Toyoyo.
Key partners supporting the tournament whose theme is “Mulika TB Maliza TB” include the Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis Program, Nairobi County Health Management Team, KICOSHEP-Kenya, Movement of Men against AIDS in Kenya (MMAAK) and the Local Organising Committee is planning to have a football tournament
According to Gloria Wandei, the coordinator of the tournament, TB case finding among the youth is still a challenge in the country despite the government and partners laying down strategies in place to find the missing TB cases. “We hope to reach out to a great number of youths through sports. This is the first of many sporting events we have planned” she said.
Over decades, sporting activities have been embraced and liked by many, with the majority being the youth. The use of sports like football to promote awareness and empower the youth with messages on how to prevent and manage TB can contribute significantly in reducing vulnerability to TB infection and even lessen the adverse impact of TB on those affected. During this tournament, health services like Health Education, TB Screening, HIV Counselling and Testing will be provided for free.
Kenya is among the 30 high TB burden, and 14 TB/HIV and MDR-TB high burden countries and TB is the 4th leading cause of death in Kenya. The National TB Prevalence Survey (2016) found that health service facilities currently miss about 50% of the country’s estimated people with TB. The survey also found that the highest burden of disease was in the 25-34 age group. Males had a higher TB prevalence rate compared to females, and most importantly, individuals with TB symptoms in the community are not seeking care as may do not perceive their symptoms serve enough.