Rise Up’s Champions for Change initiative improves the health of women, children, and young people in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, Champions for Change improves reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent, and child health for women and their families. In Kenya, Champions for Change combats non-communicable diseases among young people. Our externally validated model enables local leaders to improve health outcomes through leadership and organizational strengthening, funding, and advocacy.

We build a better future by improving laws, policies, funding, and programs for girls, youth and women. Recent successes include:

  • Provision of free maternal, newborn, and child health services to over 1.5 million children under five and nearly 500,000 pregnant women annually in Kano, Nigeria through passage of the FMNCH Service Charter
  • A 50% increase in provision of youth-friendly family planning services to adolescents in Nigeria slum communities
  • Launch of a powerful new coalition advocating for increased government funding for prevention of HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases among youth in Kenya

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Champions for Change’s model focuses on large-scale impact and transformational change for women, children, and families. We support successful advocacy for laws and programs that improve health outcomes for all. Our approach enables participants to create large scale change through advocacy capacity building and grant-funding to improve the health of women, newborns, children and youth.


Champions for Change invests in visionary leaders and organizations who are leading the movement for healthy mothers, children, and families in Nigeria. We improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) through our externally validated advocacy model.


Champions for Change Kenya addresses the devastating impacts of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among young people in Kenya. Champions for Change’s goal is to improve youth health outcomes and reduce the prevalence of NCDs in Kenya by investing in local organizations to advocate for improved laws, policies, and programs related to NCDs.

Champions for Change improves young people’s health and wellbeing by investing in visionary Kenyan leaders and strong local organizations working to improve the lives and health of young people by preventing and combating NCDs. Champions for Change strengthens the advocacy, leadership, and impact of Kenyan leaders and organizations in the areas of youth and NCDs.