Education as a Vaccine
Low literacy and education rates, and early marriage, have contributed to the larger proportion of young women in Nigeria’s rural areas that have begun childbearing (29%) compared with young women in urban areas (12%). Education as a Vaccine (EVA) strengthens the capacities of young people and other stakeholders to facilitate and sustain social change in the areas of health and education.
EMpower’s second grant to EVA provides reproductive health education and referrals for health care services, and builds the leadership capacity and self esteem of adolescent girls and young women, both single and married, who live in rural communities of the Federal Capital Territory and have dropped out of, or never been to, school. Additionally, this grant introduces a revolving savings and loan pilot for young women and involves young men as health advocates.