0U7A2011This Women for Health (W4H) summary provides an overview of the five-year DFID-funded programme. The programme has contributed to improving maternal outcomes by addressing the shortage of female health workers, especially midwives, in five states in Northern Nigeria. The aim of W4H is to train over 6000 female workers by convening decision-makers, leaders and communities to address the barriers rural women face in accessing health training. W4H supports the improvement of health training institutes by facilitating the provision of an enabling environment including providing adequate infrastructure, maintaining accreditation status and financial management.