Theodora Adamu Anavhe Foundation (TAAF) is a locally registered Non-Government Organization with a core mandate of improving health index status of the girl child and ultimately improving the life span of the woman from the reproductive health perspective.
TAAF has begun her first project-Maisha 4uture mumz campaign-a campaign for Reproductive Health (RH) clubs in secondary schools around the country (Nigeria). Her first assignment was to conduct a baseline assessment in each state to inform decisions and planning of the RH clubs so as close the knowledge gap as regards sexual, reproductive health and right.
Statistics show that each day, 14,000 people half of them aged 14-24 in Nigeria are infected with HIV/AIDS (UNFPA). It is also estimated that only 24 percent of young people have accurate knowledge that could help them adopt behaviours to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. About 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 and some 1 million girls under 15 give birth every year—most in low- and middle-income countries (this includes Nigeria). Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death for 15-19 year-old girls globally. Every year, some 3 million girls aged 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions.
Babies born to adolescent mothers face a substantially higher risk of dying than those born to women aged 20 to 24 hence the need for programs that directly influence the decisions youths make.
A school in Lagos State, Nigeria was identified for administration of the tool as the pioneer school for the survey which will then lead up to setting up of the RH club. Aunty Ayo, Girls High School is a girl’s only school in Obalende, Lagos. This school draws students from all tribes residing in Lagos state, the school is situated in one of the busiest areas and it is one the business hubs of the state. This ultimately makes it a suitable location to conduct a survey and set up the RH club as the students are influenced by their surroundings and this will inform decisions they make as girls.