Education as a Vaccine is a non-profit organization founded in 2000, registered in Nigeria with the CAC in 2001 and in the United States as a 501C3 organization to improve the health and development of children, adolescent and young people. EVA envisions a Nigeria where children and young people reach their full potentials. In line with our vision, EVA works in partnership with children, adolescent and young people to advance their rights to health and protection from all forms of violence by strengthening capacities providing direct services and influencing policies for improved quality of life. The organization has its headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja and five field offices in Benue, Nassarawa, Kaduna, kano and Cross River states. Since its establishment, the organization has successfully contributed to improvement in the health and development of over 800,000 children and young people in Nigeria.
The organization was founded on the premise that children and young people can play a significant role in development, if given the necessary resources. Using youth friendly approach, the organization strengthens the capacities of children, young people and other stakeholders to facilitate and sustain social change in the area of health, child rights and education through integrated programming. EVA has staffs and volunteers who are mainly young people and are directly responsible for developing intervention ideas and implementing the projects on the field. The utilization of this strategy has facilitated community entry and sustained the interest participation of young people in its activities.
EVA has vast experience managing HIV/AIDS and reproductive health interventions for young people and the general populace including influencing policies, guidelines and laws at National, Regional and Global levels that uphold the sexual reproductive rights of adolescent and young people especially women and girls. EVA’s former and current donors include Stars Foundation, IWHC, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, IPPF, Australian Embassy, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID/PEPFAR, DFID, OSIWA, Empower Foundation, Amplifychange, Aidsfonds, International HIV/AIDS Alliance etc.
Beyond program implementation, the organization has also significantly contributed to the development of youth HIV/AIDS and reproductive health policies at national and local levels. Examples of such assignment include the conceptualization and development of the National Youth Network on HIV&AIDS (NYNETHA) and the development of youth and HIV & AIDS strategy, which was incorporated into the National HIV&AIDS Strategic Framework (2005-2009), the development of an action plan manual for advancing the health and development of adolescent and young people in Benue State (2015-2019 with Benue State Ministry of Health and UNFPA. EVA has been recognized in Nigeria and received several awards as one of the foremost youth-focused organization in the country.