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Grassroot Soccer Zambia

Grassroot Soccer Zambia

Grassroot Soccer is an adolescent health organization which uses soccer as a means to educate, inspire, and mobilise at-risk youth during their adolescence using their ‘Three C’s’ model: an adolescent-friendly and evidence-based health Curriculum, the supportive influence of local mentor and role model Coaches, and a fun, inclusive, and positive Culture. Adolescent mortality rates have not changed in the last 50 years, as opposed to the rate of child mortality which has improved by 80%. Preventable diseases like HIV, and complications from pregnancies continue to be the leading causes of death among adolescents. There is a tremendous opportunity to improve the world’s health by promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks.

Grassroot Soccer received a grant from the Regional Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Fund to implement a programme focusing on connecting the dots between the mechanisms of power, control, and coercion that may precede child marriage in Eastern Province of Zambia, and forms of abuse that may follow.

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