Our HIV/AIDS programs are mainly targeted at women and young people across regions, religion, race, ethnic group, and social/economic standing. Our programs reach both in school and out of school young people in rural and urban settlements nationwide. These programs inform and educate our target population, and members of the society on the effects of HIV/AIDS on themselves - whether they are HIV - positive or not, on the society, and on the economy.
The programs have a goal of effecting a positive behavioral change in members of our societies that would lead to a drop in the incidence of HIV infection; discrimination against HIV infected and affected individuals, and HIV-related deaths.
In 2008, HACEY published a book on HIV/AIDS titled ‘HIV/AIDS: The future of the infected and affected’ written by the Project Director of HACEY, Isaiah Owolabi. The book takes an in depth looks at the disastrous effects HIV has on individuals and society, and on society’s reaction to individuals who are HIV positive. It also contains recommendations for actions for government, society, institutions and individuals to prevent the spread of infection and effect of HIV. The book has been a major educative tool used during programs to educate the public on HIV/AIDS.
HACEY also carried out a number of researches amongst young people, implementing gender specific interventions and general preventive programs for young people in the area, including HIV sensitization and Prevention programs in the Northern part of Nigeria for women and young girls.
In 2011, HACEY launched her ‘Getting to Zero Campaign’ to support the achievement of Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths in Nigeria by 2015. This campaign creates a platform for advocacy and sensitization of the general public, while specifically empowering young people with life skills and knowledge so they can be active in the fight against HIV/AIDS. With support from British Medical Association and International Brain Research Organization, books on HIV/AIDS have been donated to libraries in schools in Lagos to promote the objectives of the campaign.
Till date, HACEY has organized HIV/AIDS Education Outreach in different parts of the country, with over 30,000 people being reached. We have achieved this by empowering and supporting young individuals as Peer Educator trainers, who in turn raise other Peer Educators in secondary schools around Nigeria. Through this strategy, Anti-HIV clubs have been created in secondary schools in Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Niger and other states across Nigeria.