April 25th every year is set aside to commemorate World Malaria Day - to highlight the successes of efforts at curbing the scourge of malaria and the plight of the disease around the World. A recent World Malaria Day Report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that no significant gains were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. “The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435,000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.” Against this backdrop, Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI), with the generous support of ExxonMobil and ACT Foundation, is organising a free Medical Outreach and football tournament, utilizing the convening power of football to mobilize communities towards important malaria prevention and treatment practices, to commemorate the 2019 World Malaria Day (held annually on April 25). The free Outreach will take place as follows:
Venue: Youth Sports Centre, Ile-Pako, Amoo, Agege, Lagos
Date: Saturday May 25, 2019 | Time: 10am | Entry: Free
The event which is in line with this year’s global theme – #ZeroMalariaStartsWithMe – through advocacy and community mobilization, aims to reach up to 1,000 residents of Agege with free medical and health education services amidst a 'Kick-Against-Malaria' football tournament. The event will feature services like malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar and Hepatitis B tests, HIV/AIDS tests and counselling, medical consults, pharmacy service, distribution of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) with usage demonstrations and distribution of information on global best practices on Malaria. This year’s event is proudly sponsored by global energy giant – ExxonMobil; and Access-Bank-supported Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation; with media support from Eko FM and Radio Lagos.
With this year’s World Malaria Day theme as #ZeroMalariaHence, YEDI, as a youth-focused grassroots organisation, believes that adolescents and community members can take a leading role in preventing malaria at the home and community level. YEDI’s malaria work uses football-based themes and activities to improve knowledge about malaria prevention methods and tackle gaps in knowledge and common myths and misconceptions. YEDI also distributes bed nets, and increase uptake of treatment and adherence to medication to prevent drug resistance.
MORE ABOUT YEDI
YEDI is a non-profit organisation with evidence-based programmes designed to build young people’s assets, facilitate their access to health services, and promote their adherence to healthy behaviours. Established in 2011, YEDI’s programmes have benefitted over 180,000 young people across four project locations (Abuja, Lagos, Akwa Ibom and Ogun) in over 600 schools and community sites,. The YEDI model trains young adult mentors as community change agents to implement age-appropriate and gender-sensitive curricula that combine football metaphors and activities with high impact health information that engage youth and break down cultural barriers. YEDI runs these programmes through fixed and outreach sites, which operate as safe spaces for young people 10-24 years old to access engaging sport-based activities as well as health and social services across the adolescent continuum of care. To deliver on this strategy, YEDI harnesses a multi-sectoral ecosystem of government and social services, layering health, education, sport, youth development, economic empowerment, and child protection. Recognising the need for YEDI programmes to reach the most vulnerable Nigerian youth at risk of HIV, violence, and other adverse health outcomes, since 2017 YEDI has intentionally targeted the most vulnerable youth in the communities it works – including out-of-school youth (2,035 reached in 2018 alone) and street children. YEDI brings deep experience in adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH), orphans and vulnerable children & youth (OVCY) programming, combination HIV prevention, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, malaria prevention, positive youth development, and community mobilization.