Addressing equity and social inclusion of rural girls to education in Northern Nigerian health training institutions

Established and implemented in four states in northern Nigeria the recruitment of FYP students was community-led which has generated high level community acceptance, commitment and ownership.

The current severe shortage of health-workers in rural northern Nigeria has called for an innovative approach to rapidly and effectively increase the number of health-workers who are able to work in rural areas. The W4H FYP recruited 679 rural girls and women who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to go back into education and has given them a “second chance”. W4H is offering support and the opportunity to further their education, improve their lives and fulfil a life-long career in health, which will in turn help them to contribute to their communities and improve the health status of women and children.

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