A group, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) has received 100,000 dollars from STARS Foundation to fight HIV and AIDS in Nigeria. The Executive Director of the organisation, Ms Fadekemi Agarau, made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. The NGO was created to improve the health and development of children and young people. It also focuses on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, child health and basic education.

STARS Foundation is an international group that globally improves the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities. Founded in 2001 by Dabbagh Group, based in London, STARS Foundation provides grants to non-profit making organisations working with disadvantaged children.

The STARS Impact Awards identify and support local organisations that achieve excellence in the provision of services to disadvantaged children. Agarau said the NGO works in five states with the highest HIV infection rates, namely Benue, Nassarawa, Cross River, Niger and the FCT. She said the organisation provided services on sexual and reproductive health, counselling and testing and also raised awareness through education and youth mobilisation.

Agarau said the organisation believed that information was power and by educating youths on HIV and AIDS, it meant empowering them to make positive life choices.

“With the grant, we will be able to continue our work to reduce the high incidence of HIV and AIDS among Nigeria?s most vulnerable groups. “We will build youth centers in Benue and FCT for counseling,
testing, capacity building, information on HIV and AIDS as well as reproductive health.?

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