No Boundaries- The PWDs Heroes Gathering

In line with the International Day of Persons With Disability (December 3rd) and the United Nations theme for this year – Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities, with support of Access Bank Plc and the United States Consulate, this event was held at Access Bank Plc Corporate Headquarters  to celebrate individuals, corporate organizations and civil society who have championed the cause of persons with disabilities in our society.

World AIDS Day 2015- #ACTNOW

Despite huge investments in spreading information about HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, national data indicates a low HIV testing rate- only 17% of young people in Nigeria know their status.

To commemorate this year's World AIDS Day, we partnered with Access Bank PLC to hold a HIV Counselling and Testing Program at the National Youth Service Camp in Lagos Nigeria to raise awareness amongst young people on the importance of knowing their status.

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HACEY launches Project Agbebi Video

The long-awaited Project Agbebi instructional video has finally been launched. The video is meant to serve as an instructional guide for traditional birth attendants (TBAs) known locally as Agbebi on safe delivery practices. 

The event was anchored by the Director for Gender Development Programmes at HACEY, Ms Rhoda Robinson and attended by a host of dignitaries. These included the Australian high Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Jonathan Richardson who represented the Australian government, the sponsor/funder of the programme, the United States Consul General, Mrs Dehab Ghebread and her team and the Secretary to the Ogun State Government (SSG), Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa. Other dignitaries present at the event included Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Ogun sate, Dr Gabriel Diasi Odeniyi,Permanent Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Ogun state, Director, the State Chairman of the Association of TBAs and other Dignitaries from Ibafo LGA.

PRESS RELEASE: Nigerian development organization wins 50,000 US dollars With and For Girls international award for outstanding work

Development organization HACEY Health Initiative is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award.
The With and For Girls Awards is a global initiative to identify and support strong development organisations working with and for girls.
The organisation – based in Nigeria and working throughout the country – is recognised for its work to provide sustainable solutions to close the inequality gap that limits women and girls’ access to health services and economic empowerment.

Reflection of a Mandela Washington Fellow: Social Exclusion: An Expression of Inequalities

In the 20th century, a great educator, Paulo Freire, made a profound statement, one that points to the source of most human inequalities and injustice. He said “the greatest problem of humanity is dehumanisation.” No matter how we have defined this, denying other humans of their basic rights to education, empowerment, healthcare, shelter and a life lived to the fullest is man’s greatest limitation on humanity. Nelson Mandela’s words gave a clearer definition to dehumanization (which is most expressed as social dehumanization in this age): to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity; to impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanise them.

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I could hear the voice faintly in my sleep but I could not pick out the words. Before I could figure out what was happening, a slap landed on my back forcing me to jump out of bed. My sleepy eyes were met with the excited voice of my friend Sade. She kept twisting her body and screaming, “Aduke is getting married. Let’s go watch the ceremony.” I tied my wrapper and we hurried down to Aduke’s compound.  

Reflection of a Mandela Washington Fellow: Are Africans Making Africa Vulnerable?

Storytelling is a potent tool for civic leaders. This is because it gives us the ability to narrate our story of change as we work to influence people and policies towards collective growth. With storytelling, we also get a chance to create a true picture and peddle to others the great potentials that our communities possess. Through effective storytelling, we are able to help people see beyond the peripheral of issues around us. At such, we can challenge existing perceptions and build positive expectations while giving others a chance to see the other side of the single stories that build their perceptions.