After eight years of hard work in Northern Nigeria, the UK Aid-funded Women for Health programme ended in October 2020.

Celebrating the Women for Health programme, 2012-2020

  

 

 


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24 health training institutions in six states have been transformed through investment, support and training

 

 

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The state governments of Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara have passed laws committing them to support the colleges and the Foundation Year Programme

 

 

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Rural communities across the North are open to female health workers and are changing their attitudes towards the education and careers of women

Women for Health programme

Celebrating the Women for Health programme, 2012-2020

After eight years of hard work in Northern Nigeria, the UK Aid-funded Women for Health programme ended in October 2020. The programme has transformed the training of health workers in six states in the North – Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara – more than doubling the number of qualified professionals produced each year by the colleges of Nursing and Midwifery.
The programme’s main aim was to save the lives of women and newborns in thousands of rural communities where there were no qualified midwives. Women for Health created a Foundation Year Programme to help young women from those communities to prepare for exams to enter professional training – and it supported them to succeed, graduate and return to serve the women in their communities.

By October 2020, a total of 2,8601 women from nearly 1,000 rural communities had entered the Foundation Year Programme – and 556 had graduated and 77% of these had been employed and posted to serve rural communities. This number will continue to grow in the years to come as more ‘FYP’ women graduate and fulfil their commitment to serve their villages for at least two years after leaving college.

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Key achievements of Women for Health

  • 24 health training institutions in six states have been transformed through investment, support and training
  • Total capacity of the 24 colleges increased by 256% and all but one has full accreditation status (only 1 college did in 2012).
  • The state governments of Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara have passed laws committing them to support the colleges and the Foundation Year Programme
  • Six other Northern states are establishing programmes inspired by Women for Health – Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto.
  • Rural communities across the North are open to female health workers and are changing their attitudes towards the education and careers of women

Handing over to the Human Resources of Health Learning Hub

In partnership with Bayero University Kano, Women of Health established a centre of excellence to carry on the work of the programme after it ended in 2020. Called the Human Resources of Health Learning Hub, it is run by the Centre for Gender Studies at the university.
The Hub’s mission is to ‘support transformation of Nigeria’s health workforce by providing access to learning, evidence and technical advice’. The Hub will offer training, support and facilitate learning visits to states and training colleges that have benefitted from the Women for Health programme.

The Hub provides access to all of the learning and resources developed during the programme.
To find out more or to arrange a visit to the Hub please visit: learninghub4hrh.org

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Key achievements of Women for Health