The annual MASAZA Cup, proudly organized by the Tooro kingdom in collaboration with partners, is more than just a football tournament. It’s a vibrant celebration of sportsmanship, talent development, and community well-being. In 2023, the event brought people together to witness the football finals between the defending champions, Kyaka, and Mwenge South. Mwenge South emerged as the victorious football team, while Kyaka maintained their supremacy in bicycle racing.
Beyond the sports excitement, the MASAZA Cup also serves a noble cause: creating awareness about disease prevention and control for a healthier kingdom. In line with this objective, Yawe Foundation took up the mantle to contribute significantly to the health and well-being of the attendees.
Health Education Session
Over 100 people gathered to participate in a comprehensive health education session. Topics covered during this enlightening session included HIV and STIs, hypertension, and diabetes. The aim was not only to provide valuable information but also to empower individuals to take charge of their health.
HIV Counselling and Testing
A total of 59 individuals (4 females and 55 males) took the bold step to get tested for HIV. Out of this group, one person received a positive diagnosis and was promptly linked to care at YAWE MEDICAL CENTRE. This underscores the importance of early detection and access to healthcare services.
Syphilis Screening and Treatment
41 individuals (4 females and 37 males) underwent syphilis screening during the event. Five people were found to be positive, two of whom received immediate treatment, while the other three were referred to a static clinic for proper care. Timely screening and intervention are crucial in preventing the spread of this infection.
Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screening
A total of 45 individuals (12 females and 33 males) had their blood pressure checked, with all of them showing normal readings. Additionally, eight individuals (1 female and 7 males) underwent blood sugar screening, all of whom had normal results. These screenings served as valuable preventive measures and highlighted the importance of regular health check-ups.
Condom Distribution and Deworming
As part of the efforts to prevent HIV and STIs, Yawe Foundation distributed a total of 3,000 condoms to the attendees. This proactive approach to safe practices in intimate relationships promotes a healthier community. Additionally, 57 doses of mebendazole were distributed to eligible clients who sought care during the event, emphasizing the importance of deworming for overall well-being.
The MASAZA Cup 2023 not only celebrated sporting achievements but also showcased the power of community engagement in promoting health awareness. Through Yawe Foundation’s dedicated healthcare services and education, individuals were not only entertained but also empowered to make informed decisions about their health. This year’s event truly exemplified the spirit of unity, sportsmanship, and well-being within the Tooro kingdom