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18-year-old Hauwa lives with her extended family of 18 in Tumfafi in Northern Nigeria. Tumfafi, has just one health centre with only five staff to serve a population of 14,000. Hauwa left school at age 15 but due to missing credits was unable to enrol to be a health worker however the Women for Health team encouraged her to register for the Foundation Year Programme(FYP) at the health training institute. With her credits, she was eligible to take the Foundation Year Bridging Programme gaining the two additional credits required to join the mainstream midwifery course.



However, community pressure led her and her family especially her father to question her choice. After enrolling in the FYP, hauwa not only developed the required knowledge and skills on health and midwifery but also developed her learning and language skills, including improving her English. Now in her 2nd year, hauwa is excelling in her professional and personal life. During the holidays, she assists with the community health needs and consults on pregnancies. She has made everyone including her family and the village proud; the village head considers her a role model. At the end of the training, hauwa plans to return to her community as a health worker. Hauwa’s aspirations has caused a ripple effect in her community, they now understand the importance of health education.

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