In line with global efforts to control and eliminate malaria, YEDI through the generous sponsorship of ExxonMobil and Novartis, organized the second edition of the ‘Kick against Malaria Tournament’. The tournament was successfully hosted along with several other activities such as; community mobilization, free health care services, malaria testing and treatment, and distribution of free Insecticide Treated Nets, at the Kudirat Abiola Freedom Square (Evans Square) in Ebute-Metta on May 1, 2014.
With a total of 1049 registered people in attendance; six school teams participating in the tournament: four male teams and two female teams; 564 people coming through our mini clinic to get tested, treatment and free bed nets, the event was an impressive outcome.
The football matches were the highlight of the event, with Onike Girls High School (female team) and Denton Junior Grammar School (male) emerging winners of the tournament; but the mini clinic was a significant success as well. With support from partners like St Nicholas Hospital, Society for Family Health (SFH) and Mission 5000+, the mini clinic provided various health services including: eye test, checking of vital signs, blood glucose level, body mass index (BMI), malaria testing/treatment, HIV test and others.
459 people got tested for malaria; 66 adults and 30 children tested positive for malaria and were administered treatment. 105 people got tested for HIV and 2 people tested positive.
Amidst the thrills of victory and the agony of defeat associated with the game, Onike Girls High School and Denton Junior Grammar School emerged winners of the tournament for the female and male category respectively.
We say a big thank you to everyone who supported this effort to kick out malaria, especially ExxonMobil and Novartis, our sponsors for the event, the Lagos State Government, Nestle Milo, Cherie Noodles and LaCasera for nourishing and refreshing us with their products, and Women Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) and our network of partners for making the event a huge success.