Young people are very important in communities as they comprise up to 40 per cent of the working population. Nigeria has a young population which implies that they have an important role to play in developing and sustaining economic activities within communities. Ensuring optimum health of young people is the only way they can stay socially and economically productive. Some factors jeopardising good health of young people in communities include a lack of accurate health information and lack of youth friendly health services. The interventions proposed will focus on empowering young people with adequate public health education to enable them take charge of their lives and consciously seek to improve it. To achieve this objective, two important approaches are explored including to develop youth friendly health services in rural communities and to sensitize youth populations in rural communities on best ways to improve their health. Interventions will focus on topical health issues affecting young people such as HIV & AIDS, SRHR, Malaria, meningitis, Hepatitis B and other pertinent social diseases.
In every health intervention, SEVICS will promote the principles of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.