Theory of Change Tree W4H 2017The Women for Health Theory of Change Tree infographic establishes how the strategies, and approaches of the Women for Health programme translate into improved outcomes and beneficial wider impacts. Rooted in sound strategies such as improved teacher training, gender management planning, advocacy to decision makers and legislators, midwife retention schemes and the Foundation Year Programme, the Women for Health programme establishes good governance and infrastructure.

This feeds into improved outcomes, such as increased training capacity for female health workers, improved quality of education, and transformation of the health training institutions.

Delivering success photgraphThe Challenge
In Northern Nigeria, a lack of female health providers, including skilled birth attendants, is one of the key constraints to improving maternal and newborn health outcomes. The shortages are particularly evident and problematic in rural areas where cultural norms prevent women from being seen by a male health provider. As a result, a high 85% of women in the north deliver without skilled delivery care, compared to 35% in the south of the country.