We believe that everyone should have a safe, healthy and successful transition from childhood into adulthood. Yet, too often, young people become adults in contexts that are fraught with misinformation, abuse and lack of support. These unsupportive environments breed maladjusted individuals who in turn engage in and perpetuate dangerous behaviours.
Since sexual and reproductive health is a cornerstone of adulthood in any societal context, we founded Konji to help combat the spread of HIV and other STIs by providing affordable and accessible testing, education and counselling in the densely populated megacity of Lagos. Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria, the second fastest-growing city in Africa and the seventh fastest-growing city in the world.
Amongst Nigerians aged 15-49, the prevalence rate of HIV and AIDS is estimated at 3.2%, consequently, Nigeria has the second highest burden of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, with approximately three and a half million Nigerians living with HIV. Additionally, the prevalence rate of other common STIs is significantly higher and growing, and STI infection is shown to increase the likelihood of HIV infection.
We believe that poverty, ignorance and disease are intersecting epidemics and as such, STI control interventions must necessarily comprise education and testing.