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New York firm's perfect pitch to tackle HIV/AIDS in Africa

Architecture for Humanity, the New York-based charity, is looking for architects with football expertise to help tackle HIV/AIDS in South Africa by designing the 'perfect football pitch'.

Not only must the pitch be designed using sustainable local materials, but local people must also be able to build it for under US$5,000. Additions must include sideline benches, changing rooms and, essentially, facilities for HIV information distribution.

When built, the pitch in Somkhele, KwaZulu-Natal, will provide a permanent home for the village's first all-girls football league and a meeting point for local youngsters.

Health professionals aim to use the pitch to distribute information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and it will eventually become a regular stop for a mobile healthcare clinic.

Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit organisation promoting design solutions for global social problems, believes the facility will act as a vital weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

'Sport, in particular football, is being incorporated into a variety of programmes geared to helping youths address issues affecting their lives, ' said founder Cameron Sinclair.

The competition costs just US$15 to enter, with the winning entry being picked by the Somkhele Girls football team. For further information, visit www.

architectureforhumanity. org

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