AHIP is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization which started out as a youth club in 1989, and has been implementing youth focused programs in northern Nigeria since 1992. Its major focus areas are health, and social and economic issues related to young people and women. As one of the pioneering organizations in youth development in northern Nigeria, it has successfully partnered with international and national development agencies; national, state and local governments; and faith and traditional community-based organizations to establish family life education programs in and out of school, disseminate information, conduct research, strengthen reproductive health policies and improve reproductive health services.
AHIP has three branches in northern Nigeria (in Kano, Bauchi and Jigawa States) and has partners in 11 other states: Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Borno, Zamfara, Sokoto, and Gombe. Over the last decade, AHIP have extended its program to all those states and trained thousands of young people on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health (ASRH) and has developed leaders for reproductive health advocacy in most of the northern states. Recently, religious leaders have been trained by AHIP to advocate for safe motherhood and child survival through their Friday sermons. As well as running trainings, AHIP manages five multi-trade vocational centres which help educationally deprived and economically disadvantaged young people and women. AHIP furthermore runs a community-based women’s development program that promotes empowerment in the areas of health and finance.
Another major outreach effort of the organization is the promotion of information and education of young people through its basketball and football teams. All players are peer health educators, educating other players and disseminating factual information during local and national competitions.
AHIP strongly believes in research to inform the design of its programmes and has conducted several studies in youth sexual behavior and the relationships between males and females. AHIP’s leadership is also actively involved in a number of national Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) planning and networking groups and committees. These include: the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) appointed Implementation Committee on ARH; the National Coalition Group for the Advancement of ARH; the National Committee on the formulation of Reproductive Health Policy; and Africa Alive (AA) – a national coalition of NGOs for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS amongst adolescents