(GENEVA, Switzerland) -- Participants from the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup are teaming up in an attempt to eliminate new HIV infections among children by the year 2015.
Captains from the national teams competing in the tournament have reportedly signed a pledge entitled “Give AIDS the Red Card” which was launched by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). By adding their signatures to the pledge, the soccer players are appealing to players and fans across the world to ‘celebrate life and support the global campaign to prevent mothers from dying and babies from becoming infected with HIV,' according to a release from UNAIDS.
“As the most important international competition in women's football, this tournament provides a platform to raise global awareness about the campaign to keep babies from becoming infected with HIV, and their mothers from dying from AIDS,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said in a statement.
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place from June 26 through July 17 in Germany.
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