This presentation highlights how many rural northern Nigerian women and girls are unable to access health training institutions, as they do not have the secondary school qualifications required for entry to further education. This lack of students from rural locations has been identified as a major factor responsible for understaffing of rural health facilities, as qualified students from urban areas often refuse deployment to rural areas.

In order to increase access to health training education for rural women and girls, the W4H programme established the Foundation Year Programme (FYP). The FYP provides rigorous support to students to achieve prescribed entry requirements into HTIs. It has two pathways, the Bridging pathway for young women who lack qualifications to enter HTIs, and the Preparatory pathway which gives support to students with prescribed entry requirements but who would benefit from further support in order to pass the HTI entrance examination.