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SKILLZ participants during an intervention

SKILLZ for Life launches in 2015 is sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation and implemented by SO Nigeria, in partnership with Grass Root Soccer for technical support. This ground-breaking program utilizes the power of sports (football) and a specially adapted curriculum to provide malaria and HIV/AIDS education, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) and services to people with intellectual disabilities (ID), their families and communities.

The project has been implemented in South West, South South, South East and North Central geo-political regions of Nigeria and is currently on target to reach over 2,000 people with ID in the North West and parts of the North Central Region yet to be reached. To date, more than 400 coaches have been trained, and more than 8000 participants across the implementing Regions have graduated from the SKILLZ for Life initiative.

The project's curriculum is reviewed annually using feedback and Monitoring & Evaluation findings, to ensure that health information designed according to the needs, comprehension levels, best practices and peculiarities of implementation regions.

The initiative has greatly impacted the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, coaches, family members and communities. 


Using football as the medium, the project provides education, awareness and delivery of prevention tools and services to SO Nigeria athletes, their families and communities by scaling and refining the lessons learned and best practices from successive implementation of the initiative.


SO Nigeria has established relationships with Red Cross, UNICEF, Ministry of Health Nigeria, Malaria No More, Society For Family Health (SFH), Africare, Lions International, Youth Empowerment Development Initiative (YEDI), Peace Corps, Chamagne Foundation, Mission 5000 Plus, Development for Africa, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Kids & Teens Resource Centre (K&TRC), Hope For Family Development Initiative, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Family Care Africa, and Royal Heritage Health Foundation.


  • World Health Malaria and AIDs days 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Over 3000 people have attended these health forums. VCTs were carried out, mosquito nets distributed, and drugs given to those who tested positive to malaria while those who tested positive to HIV were counselled and referred for further treatment.
  • FHF (Family Health Forum), is another platform, which is used to educate the public on malaria and HIV/AIDs. At least 25 FHFs have been conducted between 2015 and 2018 with over 6000 in attendance while over 5000 of these tested for Malaria and HIV. In addition, over a 7000 mosquito nets have been distributed.


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