Technical Briefs

An innovative and cost-effective approach to training rural girls helps to generate more community health workers in Katsina state

Author: Hafsat M Baba

The Challenge
In rural areas, the number of girls who leave school with sufficient qualifications to attend health training institutions is low. Moreover, the lack of community understanding and misconception of girl-child education presents a serious challenge for the production of quality female health workers that originate from the rural communities. Poor financial capacity of parents to pay for education, including health training, encourages them to marry off their daughters as soon as possible.

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Retaining all the graduates from the Health Training Institutions, particularly in the rural and remote areas, is critical in achieving reduced maternal, neo-natal and child mortality. All stakeholders have a role to play to achieve sustainable.

Author: David Olayemi

Background
Northern Nigeria has fewer nurses and midwives per capita than the rest of Nigeria. In fact, the health worker ratios are well below neighbouring countries, even those with lower per capita incomes than Nigeria. The root cause of the shortfall in healthcare workers is severe underinvestment in pre-service training of health workers. Other factors, including graduation rates, recruitment into the workforce, and workforce retention, have room for improvement, but fixing all of these issues is a daunting task. With the population growing at a faster rate than the health workforce, the gap between available health staff and demand for their services will widen over time.

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Understanding the effectiveness of the Foundation Year Programme in producing a new generation of female health workers in northern Nigeria.

Authors: Adetoro A. Adegoke, Zainab Moukarim and Fatima Adamu

The principle of health equity implies that all citizens should have an equal opportunity to be healthy. However, wide disparities in health status exist within many countries worldwide.
In 2014, Nigeria has a total population of 178,516,904 people with about 94,717,499 living in rural areas . Disparities exist between the health statuses of Nigerians residing in rural areas compared with those in urban areas and between the Northern and the Southern regions of the country (Table 1) .

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