Education as a Vaccine (EVA) – an NGO based in Abuja, Nigeria – harnesses the technologies that adolescents and young people already access to develop innovative ways of communicating about SRH information, and linking young people to youth-friendly services.
In a context challenged by religious polarization, advancing sexuality education at a policy level and in schools has been limited in Nigeria, making this type of out-of-school provision vital.
Working in partnership with one state government, EVA is using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and cyber cafes to deliver CSE through e-learning, with content developed by young people themselves.
EVA also piloted a 24-hour phone, email and text messaging service that allows young people to reach out to trained professionals anonymously with urgent SRH-related questions. The response to this service has been overwhelming with more than 10,000 texts received each month.
EVA also bridges the gap between education and services by mapping youth-friendly SRH services, including HIV and STI testing and treatment, contraception, pregnancy testing and gender-based violence (GBV), and by inviting young people to rank the relative ‘youth friendliness’ of different services.
Source: Personal communication (Fadekemi Akinfaderin, Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria, 19 May 2015).