How to Guide 3

This guide is a step-by-step manual for setting up or scaling up Community Midwifery training programmes, based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the Women for Health (W4H) programme in five states in northern Nigeria (Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara).

Community Midwifery programmes (CMPs) are shorter than Registered Midwifery courses, addressing the some of the barriers to entrance requirements and length which have previously discouraged, or precluded rural women from applying.

By establishing CMPs and supporting training of indigenous community midwives, state governments and development partners are helping to bring these necessary skills to rural communities to reduce the impact of maternal, newborn and child mortality.

This guide is aimed at state governments, service providers and development partners and emphasizes the importance of closing the supply gap of qualified midwives and strengthening the capacity and accreditation of midwifery schools.

The guide provides advice on engaging stakeholders, assessments, planning, implementation, approvals and recruitment to enable success, sustainability and longevity. Each stage of the guide is broken down into key steps necessary to establish a successful Community Midwifery programme.

This guide is a step-by-step guide on all aspects of establishing a Foundation Year Programme (FYP) to widen access to health training for women from rural communities.

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