Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education and clinical services for young people. During this period, AHI has developed model programs that have been adopted and expanded by government and other civil society organizations.
Led by Executive Director Adenike Esiet, AHI has trained many health practitioners and education experts on sexuality education and helped coordinate and produce workshops on the provision of adolescent-friendly health services. AHI staff regularly serve as expert resources at international meetings, including U.N. conferences and World Health Organization and Unicef technical consultations.
AHI began with school-based sexuality education programs that reached only a few hundred young people. Today, AHI operates a sexual and reproductive health clinic that serves 3,000 young people every year. The clinic has emerged as a learning site for public health practitioners throughout Nigeria who are interested in creating youth-friendly sexual health services.
The organization is currently working to strengthen the national sexuality education program in Nigeria (Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education-FLHE), by integrating greater focus on gender norms and methodologies to build critical thinking skills into a textbook to be piloted in schools in Lagos State.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Women’s Health Coalition earlier this month, IWHC hosted a panel discussion with three young women activists to assess the progress we’ve made and address the challenges that lie ahead for women’s rights.
Today, IWHC is joining world leaders and NGO partners at the Girl Summit to commit to do all we can to end child marriage and female genital mutilation.
The African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights presents an opportunity to propose strategies to shift the culture of silence on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“Some day, they will say this was the moment when the world woke up to my potential…this is the moment when being a girl became my strength, my sanctuary, not my pain.” These are the words of the Girl Declaration, a powerful statement written by adol …