Special Olympics Nigeria is committed to breaking barriers and fostering inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our believe is that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a healthy, quality and happy life experience. That is why we advocate for the health and overall well-being of people with intellectual disabilities through our ‘Health Messenger Program’.
The Health Messenger Program is a groundbreaking initiative designed to empower young people with and without intellectual disabilities to become health and wellness leaders, educators, advocates, and role models within their communities. It is a platform for them to raise their voices, share knowledge, and drive change within their communities. Health messengers are leaders who pursue healthy lifestyles and advocate for healthcare providers and governments to adopt inclusive policies around health, wellness services, education, and resources for people with intellectual disabilities.
People with intellectual disabilities often have difficulties in accessing healthcare services and information. By equipping them with the skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves, we create a more inclusive society where everyone’s health matters. Health Messengers are beacons of change, breaking down stigma and paving the way for a healthier and more inclusive future.
Since the launch of the ‘Health Messenger’ program in 2016, nearly 4,000 persons with intellectual disabilities have been trained to be health leaders and advocates.