Who We Are

YouthRISE Nigeria stands for Youth Initiative for Drug Research, Information, Support and Education for reducing  harms related to Drug Use.

The organisation began operations in 2010 until it was formally founded in 2014. Our organization was founded in response to an increase in drug use and HIV infection among young people, and the salient need for Drug Policy Reform in the country. Based on the expertise of the organisation and increasing demand, YouthRISE Nigeria does not only provide services for young people who use drugs but also inclusive of adult drug users.


More About Us

The organisation benefits from being connected with international network of people with global experiences in drug policy and effective programming for young people who use drugs. The organisation is a proud winner of the prestigious UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award 2016 which was presented during the international AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa.

Youth RISE Nigeria is an initiative with a mission to promote evidence based drug policy and interventions with the meaningful involvement of young people and most affected communities.


Our vision is a society where the health, human rights and development of every young person in Nigeria is promoted and protected.


YouthRISE Nigeria works in collaboration with NACA, UNODC, National Human Rights Commission, NDLEA, Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant institutions.

Our achievements

  • In 2017, the Africa Union Commission in her Ministers of Health meeting identified YouthRISE Nigeria Treatment Center as a top-notch service to be promoted across the continent.
  • In 2017, YouthRISE Nigeria organized the first regional consultation exercise on Drug Policy reform across Geo-political zones in Nigeria.
  • YouthRISE Nigeria is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in AIDS Response.
  • National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) and the Global Fund Secretariat selected YouthRISE Nigeria to lead the nationwide consultation among community members. This process saw to the development and submission of the “Nigeria Concept Note/Proposal on HIV/AIDS to the Global Fund under the New Funding Model in 2014/2015.
  • Establishment of a One Stop Shop for Drug Users by providing of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and treatment services for other Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  • Training of over 200 drug users as Peer Educators in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Establishment of Female Only Peer Support Group for Women who Use Drugs.
  • Mapping and Coverage of living clusters of People Who Use Drugs within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Establishment of the first and only Support Group for HIV Positive Drug Users in Nigeria.
  • Integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services into the HIV program reaching out to Females Who Use Drugs in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Family Integration Service for People Who Use Drugs and their family members.
  • Effective Advocacy with the Nigeria Senate on drug policy reform.

Meet The Team

Henry Okiwu
HIV Team Lead
Oluwafisayo Alao
Oluwafisayo Alao
Gender Program Advisor
Oluseyi Kehinde
Oluseyi Kehinde
Co-Executive Director/ Advocacy Manager
Ifeanyi Okechukwu
Ifeanyi Okechukwu
Executive Director

YouthRISE... Towards effective drug control in Nigeria