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YASEVA Youth Advocates

Youth Advocacy for Sustainable and Equitable Vaccine Access – YASEVA

Nigeria has made good progress in expanding access to immunization services in the past decade. However, inadequate domestic funding of the immunization programme may prevent the country from achieving its goal of ensuring that everyone who needs vaccines has access to it. Being the most important resource for achieving the sustainable development goals, the youth must lead efforts to achieve sustainable immunization in Nigeria to ensure no one is left behind.

The African Youth Initiative on Population, Health and Development (AfrYPoD) with support from the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC) and the Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA) is implementing the YASEVA Project in Enugu, FCT and Ondo State. The objective is to mobilize youth advocates to lead push for increased funding and access to immunization services.

Roles of the Youth Advocates

  1. Meet with key policy makers in their states and make strong case for increased funding for the routine immunization program activities.
  2. Share messages on social media platforms on the value of vaccines and the need for adequate funding of immunization activities.
  3. Conduct any other activity that may lead to the actualization of increased funding for immunization programmes.

Criteria to become a Youth Advocate

Intending advocates should possess the following qualities.

  1. Shall demonstrate passion for health development especially maternal and child health
  2. Shall be between 18 and 35 years of age
  3. Should be a graduate of any accredited tertiary institution. Interested persons with senior school certificate shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Should be a resident in Enugu or Ondo State.
  5. Should be an active user of social media particularly facebook, twitter or instagram.
  6. Should be willing to volunteer time and make selfless contributions towards of the achievement of set goals.
  7. Have good understanding of the local language and culture.

If you meet the above criteria and want to become an advocate, please apply here!