Established in 2000, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) is working to improve the health and quality of life of adolescents and young people in Nigeria. EVA’s programming priorities are sexual and reproductive health, basic education and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention education.
IWHC supports EVA’s work to ensure that young people’s health needs, including sexual and reproductive health, are adequately addressed in national laws, policies, and programs.
Since its establishment, the organization has successfully contributed to improvement in the health and development of more than 700,000 children and young people in Nigeria.
Through its Youth Advocacy Group, EVA has educated more than 6,800 young people on national policies that impact their health and rights, engaged 65 policymakers and implementers of youth and sexual reproductive health and rights programs, and increased media coverage of youth sexual health and rights issues.
EVA has vast experience managing HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs in secondary schools, and has significantly contributed to the development of youth HIV/AIDS and reproductive health policies at national and local levels.
Youth advocate Manre Chirtau is optimistic about the future for women and girls in Nigeria: “There are a lot more girls taking on a feminist identity now.”
As Nigeria gets ready for a momentous election, media and political campaigns have failed to capture the reality of many women and girls.
At the International Women’s Health Coalition’s 30th Anniversary, CNN’s Erin Burnett moderated a discussion on progress for women and girls in Africa and Asia with Fadekemi Akinfaderin (Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria), Sheena Hadi (Aahung, Pakistan) and Yvette Kathurima (FEMNET, Kenya).
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.