Centre for Healthworks, Development and Research Initiative


CHEDRES envisions a Nigeria where poverty is reduced through citizens' access to improved healthcare services and efficient general service delivery.


CHEDRES works to promote family health, especially women’s health and rights, good governance, improved environment and community development, through empowerment of women, children and youths.
CHEDRES believes in a collective partnership in which strategic advocacy, gender-sensitive interventions, training and enlightenment, participatory research and voluntary services are integrated, to ensure a holistic development of our rural and disadvantaged people.


The Centre for Healthworks, Development and Research Initiative, CHEDRES, is the corporate successor to Child Birth Defects Research Centre, CHIBDREC. The organization is registered with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission with Registration Number CAC/IT/No. 73424 of 11th November, 2014 and the Cross River State Ministry of Youths and Sports and Ministry of Women Affairs, as a not–for-profit, non–partisan and Voluntary Service Organization, on November 7, 2002 with No VS0/000/1225 and 465 respectively.

The institution focus of CHEDRES is to improve health outcomes of the poor, and especially, the disadvantaged coastal communities of Cross River State, where it delivers critical socio-economic empowerment service to the most vulnerable. But by its general work scope, CHEDRES is programmed to also cover similar communities in Akwa Ibom, Abia, Ebonyi and Rivers States. It currently works in, Akamkpa, Biase, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South, and Odukpani Council Areas in Cross River State of Nigeria.


To improve the health outcomes of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.


  • Hard work
  • Self-discipline
  • Non discrimination
  • Mutual respect
  • Commitment
  • Non exploitation of beneficiaries
  • Participation
  • Quality service
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Partnership and Networking
  • Teamwork


Improved community health with basic information, skills and knowledge to ensure zero new infection, zero stigma and discrimination, and zero AIDS related death by 2015.

Program Areas Of Focus


CHEDRES' program of sexual and reproductive health...more


Democracy and Governance

Gender and Human Rights