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Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS

Women and girls in Nigeria and other African countries face increased risks of sexual violence and urgently need sexual and reproductive healthcare services. To achieve gender equality as a matter of women’s and girls’ sexual human rights, access to complete and correct information is required — yet, they are mostly unavailable.

Global evidence shows that young girls bear a higher burden of maternal mortality and morbidity. Being the most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa, data on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes in Nigeria highlights the importance of focusing on women and young people.

Addressing sexual violence and the lack of sexual and reproductive health information and services in these settings is central not only to an effective humanitarian response but also to fulfilling fundamental human rights obligations.

With the majority of the population below 25 years old, data show that the average age at sexual debut is roughly 15 years of age among adolescent mothers in Nigeria (DHS 2013).

Our sexual and reproductive health program aims at improving the health and productivity of women and young people. We invest in innovative and sustainable family planning and sexual and reproductive health education to reduce maternal mortality, mitigating vulnerability to unwanted pregnancy, and improve health and development outcomes.

HIV/AIDS

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Nigeria has the second-largest HIV epidemic in the world and one of the highest rates of new infection in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, there were 130,000 new HIV infections and 53000 AIDS-related deaths.
Nigeria continues to fall short of providing the recommended number of HIV testing and counseling sites, and so, many people living with HIV in Nigeria are unaware of their status.

Low levels of access to antiretroviral treatment remain an issue for people living with HIV in Nigeria leading to a lot of AIDS-related deaths. We aim at the prevention and possible eradication of HIV/AIDS among adolescents and young people.

Story/Personal Experiences

What are you doing here? How many of your equals can you find here? Get out!“: the nurse yelled. She was angry at Kemi, a 15-year-old girl, who had gone to the Primary Health Center (PHC) in her locality to access correct and complete information on unwanted pregnancy and STIs prevention.

Kemi left dejected. Two weeks later, a friend introduced her to the TOMBEY platform, and she found a youth-friendly centre two streets away from her school. She can now make informed decisions and choices.

Reviews On Our SHRH Programs

"I was initially confused about using contraceptives as an unmarried person. I found the answers that I needed in a video on Instagram. I visited your profile to watch more videos. Now, I am glued to your page"

Adebanke - Lagos State.

"Creating educative videos on family planning makes me feel like a champion because I help other young people to live healthier and more productive lives"

Enitan - Lagos State.

"It is good to know that there is an online space where I can discuss my SRHR concerns with an expert. Now, I am empowered to help other young people like me"

Olaseni, - Oyo State

SRHR Projects

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Salvus

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TOMBEY

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FPinFocus

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End Female Genital Mutilation Initiative

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