Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) has joined the FIFA’s health program “Protect the Goal” together with Myanmar National League and UNAIDS, according to MFF on Thursday.

The program will create opportunity to reduce the number of HIV-infected people among youths and educate people through media and share experiences publicly.

Some of local famous football players — Kyaw Ko Ko and Than Than Htwe will participate in the move, local Freedom Daily said.

An education program on HIV will be continued by the National HIV Planning of the Ministry of Health in cooperation with Myanmar Red Cross and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The “Protect the Goal” program is mainly designed for dealing with the HIV problem in Asian countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar.

Since 2007, Myanmar has reduced the number of HIV-infected people and the spread of the disease which is particularly prominent among sex workers and drug users.