Health Education and Empowerment Initiative- HEDEN (formerly known as Eclipse Development Initiatives) is a non-governmental development which commenced operation in 2003 as Eclipse Development Initiatives (EDI). In 2006, it was formally registered with Corporate Affairs Commission as a National NGO. Our registration necessitated our name change to Health Education and Empowerment Initiative (HEDEN).

HEDEN promotes a wide range of health and development activities. Our focus is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development and the course of HEDEN. HEDEN has made significant strides in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

In reaching out for this SDG Goal 3, HEDEN faces new and daunting challenges. The health issues that HEDEN addresses through its communication programmes includes a broad spectrum of health and development such as Reproductive Health, Safe motherhood, Child Health and Survival, Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Clean Water and Sanitation,HIV/AIDS, Nutrition and Hygiene, Environment and Youth.

Moreover, the world of Public Health and integrated development is now a far more complex environment to operate. We work in a number of communities with limited resources. Yet, never has the need for our services and programmes been greater. HIV/AIDS rages at pandemic proportion, women and children continue to die in childbirth from preventable causes; Malaria persist in pockets of Nigerian communities, years of rapid population growth have created a record numbers of adolescents entering their reproductive years. Social norms in many communities put these young people at risk of unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS and other social and health problems

However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging public health issues. We do this through information, education and capacity building interventions

To promote sustainable change, HEDEN works at the grassroots using participatory approaches such PLA/PRA, group facilitation methods, community mobilization, participatory strategic planning, scenario building, role play and facilitation. We work with partners who are passionate about our course.

HEDEN is a not-for-profit non-government organisation (NGO) with no religious or political affiliations.

Our Vision

A world in which communication saves lives, improves health and enhances well being

Our Mission

To build the capacity of vulnerable groups through information, education, communication and health programs, so that individuals and communities can live meaningful lives and improve their well being and have a sense of dignity in a new community

Our Logo

The three highly stylized images are partners supporting one another. They all share the same shoulders, signifying equity, camaradere, but more importantly, they bear each others burden like you are always sure of a shoulder to cry on. The white strip in the circle signify transparency. We hope you'll find this logo involving and inspiring.