Technical Briefs

Support for good governance at the Health Training Institutions plays a crucial role in achieving Women for Health target objectives and increase overall impact and value for money of the programme.

Author: Moses Ndasule

The Challenge
A survey conducted at the start of Women for Health (W4H) programme revealed weak management and poor governance of the Health Training Institutions (HTIs) in the programme states. This was partly a result of the limited capacity and ability of the management team of the HTIs to undertake planning, budgeting, Human Resources for Health management, financial management, reporting and performance monitoring/review.

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A coordinated set of teaching and learning strategies can have lasting impact on student achievement.

The Challenge
At the beginning of Women for Health programme, the findings from an initial assessment of the quality of teaching demonstrated that the programme’s focus Health Training Institutions lacked not only the resources but the essential skills and attitudes that promote quality in teaching and learning. This resulted in a high student drop out and low pass rate. Some of the key problems were:

 

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Foundation Year Programme students have a higher chance of passing their exams if they receive intensive coaching and learning support, especially in English Language.

The Challenge
In response to the shortage of trained female health workers in the rural areas of northern Nigeria, Women for Health established a Foundation Year Programme (FYP). The purpose of the FYP was to recruit women from rural areas and improve their educational attainment to the level required for them to succeed in nationally accredited health training courses. However, some of the students enrolled had even poorer levels....

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