Creating Awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention among youths through Football, matches in Lagos State

Human Support Services in collaboration Lagos State AIDS Control Agency with support from UNICEF implemented this project as part of the Massive Awareness Raising Campaign on HIV/AIDS (MARC Nov/Dec 2001). 54 football matches involving males and females of age 15-17years provided a channel of communication to inform young people on HIV/AIDS. Youth volunteers were trained on skills to disseminate information to their peers through drama-skits, talks on HIV/AIDS, Quiz, demonstration of condom use and distribution of IEC materials during intervals of the matches such as before the match, during half time break and after the match

The use of football the most loved sports in Nigeria presented a very conducive environment for awareness Behaviour Change Communication to the young people.


“Strengthening the preventive capacity of grassroots youths for improved community response to HIV infection in Lagos state”.

Baseline survey on Reproductive health practices of young people that contributes to the spread of HIV in four Communities in Lagos State as part of Human Support Services project titled “Strengthening the preventive capacity of grassroots youths for improved community response to HIV infection in Lagos state”. The project was implemented with funding from Lagos AIDS Control Agency with support from the World Bank HIV AIDS Project Development Programme


selected by NACA as a Performance Monitoring Service Support Organization covering the South South geo-political zone. The aim of the assignment was to monitor the performance of CSOs implementing World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund Projects in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Delta and Cross River States.

87 CSOs were monitored by 17 State Monitoring and Evaluation officers across the states.

Resistance/life building skills training as a tool for HIV/AIDS prevention among young people

Human Support Services for secondary school students in Lagos State Nigeria organized 53day workshops on resistance training. The curriculum was developed from findings of KABP studies conducted for 500 students aged 15-18 years. Median age was 16years, 15% had little knowledge of life building skills and 65% had knowledge of Adolescent Reproductive Health. 90% had misconception about HIV/AIDS. Topics treated included reproductive/sexual health, values/value clarification, self-esteem, decision-making, communication/refusal/negotiation skills. HIV/AIDS/STIs myths and misconceptions.

Participants were able to identify/clarify their values, build self-esteem, improve communication skills and perfect refusal/negotiation skills. Sexually active participants reverted to secondary virginity while non-sexually active resolved to remain virgins till marriage; this was confirmed impact assessment.

Training on Reproductive Health, Sexual and Lifesaving Skills for out of School Youths.

30 out of school youths from religious institutions and local youth councils trained on HIV/AIDS, its managements, STIs, counselling and testing techniques for HIV.

Training on Reproductive Health, Sexual and Lifesaving Skills for In-School Youths.

Training was conducted for 30 students each from two secondary school; Cherish College and another 30 from St Jude Secondary School, Festac Town on respective date with the aim of increasing their knowledge on Reproductive and Sexual Health and help them in decision making.

The training which increased their level of understanding and knowledge of reproductive and sexual health from 63% to 91% and 67% to 87 % for both Cherish College and St Jude College respectively. There is an Enlightenment on better decision making and good peer relationships

As members of the Lagos state HIV/AIDS management committee organized a workshop for the Lagos state Legislators, creating awareness on issues such as the Human Rights of People living with HIV/AIDS and calling on legislation to address it occurrence.

In collaboration with Amuwo Odofin Constituent Youth Forum organized a day Workshop on Sex Education and HIV/AIDS for youths in secondary schools Amuwo Odofin Local Government on the 29 th November 2000.

Conducted a three-day workshop to train senior secondary students of Festac Grammar School in Amuwo Odofin Local Government of Lagos State on Life Skills with emphasis on Abstinence and Contraceptive Use.

Conducted a HIV/AIDS awareness program for 12 secondary schools in Lagos State. The project, which lasted two months, involved a research to access the Knowledge, Practice and Attitude of these students. This was followed by presentation of a Television documentary titled “HIV/AIDS, BREAKING THE VICIOUS CIRCLE”. The project was at the instance of Health Education and Communication Consultants.

Conducted a capacity building workshop on Resistance Skills as a tool for HIV/AIDS, STIs prevention for students of Atlantic Hall co-educational secondary school, Maryland, Lagos. Conducted a capacity building workshop on Resistance Skills as a tool for HIV/AIDS, STIs prevention for participants of Leadership and Skills Training School, Apapa, Lagos.

Conducted capacity building workshop for HIV/AIDS prevention for Secondary school prefects at Leadership and Training Center, Sea School Apapa Lagos State Conducted a capacity building workshop for HIV/AIDS prevention for Christian Youths organized sponsored by CITADEL Christian Fellowship at Kanko Badagary Lagos State.

Budget Tracking-Increasing Participation of Civil Society in the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation of Resource Mobilization and Utilization on the Impact on HIV/AIDS Mitigation Efforts in Nigeria the preventive capacity of grassroots youths for improved community response to HIV infection in Lagos. Funded by ActionAid/SIPPA/Macarthur Foundation

CISHAN/IDASA Donor Survey in Two States each, in the Six Geopolitical Zones.


Trained community leaders through advocacy to the state executive influenced recall of a non-transparent local government chairperson.


Nigeria Polish Initiative

Human support services with funding from European Union and United Nations started a project from 1 st October 2009 – 31 st march 2010 with primary objective to enhance migrant’s role in development through protection of their rights.


1) Facilitated networking and dissemination and exchange of knowledge and information between partner countries;

3) Provide counselling and informational consultation services and legal assistance to migrants and refugees;

4) Improve migrants’ knowledge about their rights and obligations;

5) Raised and still raising awareness against abusive and exploitative labour practices and violation of migrant rights as well as violence against women and girls; and

6) Facilitated and still facilitating the exploration and operationalization of the links between community-based organizations, private and public institutions for promotion and defense of migrant rights

Number of People Trained

22 Lawyers

80 civil society

50 Youths

Number Reached

1 million through jingles on 3 popular local radio stations

People reached through IEC materials is over 1, 200 people

Campaign Against Irregular Migration in Nigeria

Project Summary

The campaign against irregular migration in Nigeria successfully empowered forty (40) youths as peer educators in disenfranchised communities of Lagos State, Nigeria. The youths were fully equipped with factual information on human trafficking and dangers of irregular migration to Europe. The concept of the campaign strategies was unique and highly impactful to all participants and their friends. Campaign beneficiaries served as peer educators and cascade lessons learnt to peers within their communities.

The recruitment process of the campaign was conducted at the inception of the project. Forty youths were recruited and selected as beneficiaries.

Forty youths were empowered on their roles as peer educators on irregular migration and human trafficking. It was accompanied with film screening, focus group discussion and Skype discussion with IPPR. The film show was a unique strategy which revealed the intrinsic of human trafficking while the group discussion was an avenue for some to share their personal experience in small group.

Micro credit facilities opportunity was made available for youth to grow their businesses.

Cascading knowledge session utilized drama acted by Nigerian Youths titled “Migration Aware: dead end, illegal migration”, by European Union under the Joint Migration and Development Project.

Objectives of Campaign Project

The objectives of the campaign were:-

  • To change attitudes towards irregular migration
  • Change future behaviour of a group of female and male individuals who are designated as ‘at risk’ for irregular migration
  • To generate data on best practice for future scale up.

Campaign Outcome

CAMPAIGN SLOGAN: “My Country, My Future” was taken out of the message developed by the youths as the campaign slogan.

MIGRATION YOUTH FORUM was set up to keep all youths updated with relevant information and other related opportunities.

  • Youths involvement in development programs may reduce irregular migration
  • The campaign revealed 92% Nigeria youths desired to migrate, while all that attempted irregular migration failed.

Lastly, it was revealed that information and data on irregular migration is scanty and where available, it is often not reliable. This could be the reason very few youths are aware of dangers of irregular migration when in transit or in the country.

Creating Awareness of Danger of Irregular Migration in Lagos and Edo States
Project Summary

This project created awareness using media platform, advocacy/sensitization and meeting with stakeholders to inform youth in Edo and Lagos on dangers of irregular migration.

This project targeted the youths, returnees, transporters and communities’ members in Lagos and Edo States. Equally captured are government law enforcement agencies at the border in Lagos and those at Edo State. This project was jointly implemented by Human Support Services (HSS) and Patriotic Citizens Initiatives (PCI) partnership This project was implemented in twelve calendar months.

The objectives for the project intervention are itemized below:

  • Reduce the number of transporters trafficking human across Seme Border of Nigeria
  • Increase the channel of information to families that prone to send their members across the borders
  • Improve security awareness on new methods of trafficking across land border

The stakeholders in this project were:

  • Bus Transporters
  • Returnees
  • Youths
  • Immigration Officers
  • Nigerian Police
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Media Practitioners

Number directly reached

210 Transporters

240 Youths

140 Law Enforcement Agents

50 Community Members

People reached through media is over 3 million people

People reached through IEC materials is over 30,000 people

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