Dec 5, 2014

Seminar on Football for Health and Development in Myanmar

Yangon, 5 December 2014 – Representatives of Ministries of Sport, Health, Education, Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Universities, UN agencies, Myanmar Football Federation (MFF), Myanmar National League (MNL) clubs, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and Not-for-Profit organisations will meet at Dagon University in Yangon on 6th and 7th December 2014 to discuss using power of football for health and development in Myanmar. The seminar, which is hosted by Dagon University, is viewed as an initiative of relatively new development approach ahead in Myanmar using football as a vehicle for disease prevention, health promotion, healthy youth development and innovative service-learning program, and explore opportunities to work together between academia, NGOs and Football organisations and corporate CSR programs to contribute development of the nation.

Since March 2014, MFF, MNL, UNAIDS and Football United (University of New South Wales) have carried out a campaign called ‘Protect the Goal’ which use power of football for HIV prevention in Myanmar. The aim of the seminar is thus to share international and national best practices in football for health and development with health and education authorities, MNL clubs and civil society in Myanmar, looking at options for future strengthening of football-based health and development initiatives in the country. The issues that will be addressed by speakers will cover Football for disease prevention and health promotion, gender equility, social cohesion and corporate social responsibility.

The seminar is part of ‘Protect the Goal’ project and is funded by Asian Development Bank and Asian Football Confederation, jointly implemented by MFF/MNL, UNAIDS and Football United (University of New South Wales) in collaboration with Myanmar Red Cross Society, Dagon, East Yangon, Mawlamyine and Co-operative Universities.

For further information, please contact:
Prof Dr Aye Aye Tun, Pro-Rector, Dagon University, mobile: 095 162 864,
Dr Tun Aung Shwe, Program Director, Football United (University of New South Wales), mobile: 097 9842 9240,