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WHATWEDO

SHAKE Africa is an organisation dedicated to the education and empowerment of young people on issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health. We aim to empower them to take control of their sexual and reproductive health by providing them with up-to-date and accurate information on sexual health and contraception. SHAKE Africa will be piloting in Nigeria and is committed to changing the sexual health narrative within the country.

  • Most women around the world begin sexual relationships between the ages of 15 and 19

  • By the age of 20, three quarters of Nigerian youths have engaged in sexual intercourse 

  • A National Survey revealed that 62% of young women reported little to no knowledge about STIs

  • Nigeria remains a largely patriarchal society with sex being viewed as an act that's largely for the man's pleasure

Sexual

Health

At SHAKE Africa we aim to improve young people's (especially young women's) awareness of the various STIs out there and improve knowledge of prevention. Through our youth education schemes and our website, we provide accurate and up-to-date information on sexually transmitted infections, contraception and what to do in emergencies. The team at SHAKE Africa are also campaigning for better sexual education across Nigeria and for comprehensive sexual education to be a mandatory part of the syllabus.

  • There are more than 1.3 million unintentional pregnancies in Nigeria annually

  • Approximately half of these end in abortion

  • Abortion is currently illegal in Nigeria thus the majority of abortions occur through unsafe practices

  • There are a multitude of associated risks of unsafe abortions which can be devastating including infertility and even death

Contraception

SHAKE Africa is committed to increasing women's knowledge of their various contraceptive options and reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and consequently unsafe abortions across Nigeria. We believe that through our peer mentoring scheme we will be able to inform young people on the importance of safe sexual practices and hope that as a result we will see a transformation in the nation's sexual health. 

​A number of barriers to accessing contraceptive services have been identified in Nigeria:

  1. A lack of awareness/education and fear of side effects

  2. A lack of adequate services

  3. Contraceptive methods stock outs

  4. Geographical distance to services

  5. Health care provider biases on whom family planning services should be made available to. This is often based on the health care professionals social and cultural norms and his/her views on the service users characteristics e.g. marital status and age

Access To 

Services

At SHAKE Africa we want to increase the up-take of sexual health services within Nigeria. Through fundraising and campaigns we hope to improve the quality of the services nationally. We are dedicated to lobbying the government for better governance and control over the sexual health services to ensure that there is adequate training of health care staff and a  set policy to ensure unbiased services.