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  • CEDPA has worked in Nigeria since 1985 to increase support for girls’ education and empower women and their families to improve reproductive health and improve maternal health. With Nigeria’s emergence from military rule in 1999, CEDPA/Nigeria has led efforts to raise women’s political participation, leadership and governance. And, CEDPA/Nigeria has led efforts to engage faith-based organizations and cultural leaders to increase community support to confront the AIDS epidemic.

    In collaboration with project lead JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., CEDPA Nigeria is implementing USAID's Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP), in select states of the country. TSHIP aims to use a tri-focus approach to improve community engagement, quality of health care services and health system effectiveness. CEDPA uses their extensive expertise in building community coalitions and providing public health education to increase the integration and sustainability of family planning, reproductive, maternal and child health programs implemented by TSHIP.

    Along with the TSHIP project, CEDPA is working with the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) project. The goal of LEAD is to strengthen local governance, increase the capacity of local organizations and improve service delivery. Working with RTI, CEDPA is supporting the project by ensuring the integration of gender considerations through all elements of the project. Since beginning the project, CEDPA has worked on integrating gender into the budgeting process as well as meeting with teams to ensure they notice strong and weak areas in regards to gender.

    Nigeria has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world.To advance reproductive and maternal health in a country where a woman has a one in eighteen change of dying during childbirth, CEDPA/Nigeria leads the MacArthur Safe Motherhood Nigeria program to promote interventions to reduce barriers to safe motherhood. CEDPA’s Nigeria Family Welfare program engaged families and entire communities, through religious and community leaders, to recognize the benefits of family planning and the need to meet the reproductive health needs of young people.

    CEDPA/Nigeria’s Better Life Options program worked with girls, boys and their parents in Akwa Ibom State to breakdown gender stereotypes and increase support for girls’ education. The program also provided practical life skills education such as literacy and vocational training, family life education and leadership training to increase self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. Results showed that out of the 1440 youth enrolled, 84 percent completed the program (969 girls and 241 boys), and at least 50 percent of those who completed returned to formal or vocational schools.

    The Positive Living project, with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development, mobilized faith-based and community organizations to strengthen and expand the delivery of HIV/AIDS services. Concluding in 2010, the project expanded gender-sensitive, community-based palliative and home-based care services to 197,431 people living with HIV/AIDS and their families; reached 2.6 million Nigerians with HIV prevention messages; provided livelihood programs; and strengthened institutional management and technical capacity of national faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, networks of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other organizations.

    A Nigerian women proudly displays her ballot.Through the Democracy and Governance program, CEDPA/Nigeria led voter education and training in the April 2007 presidential elections in the country. This work built on more than a decade of efforts to increase women’s participation in decision making in Nigeria. CEDPA/Nigeria partnered with local community activists to mobilize and register more than 750,000 people to vote in the first Nigerian election in 1999, nearly a third of all the country’s voters. In 2003, CEDPA led a consortium that deployed 4,620 election monitors in 19 of Nigeria's 36 states in the 2003 elections. (Read more about the 100 Women’s Groups in Nigeria).

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