The wider effects of the Women for Health Programme’s initiatives to address the acute shortage of female health workers in northern Nigeria can be summed up through three key impacts: bringing human resources for health to the fore as a central component of health service delivery, transforming gender norms in rural communities, and building the career aspirations of young women. These factors, as well the key approaches of the programme, combine to support efforts to achieve universal health coverage, reduce early marriage, delay first pregnancy and support safe birth. This short film calls on the social and political will to maintain the momentum and scale up the successes achieved.

Learn more about the eight key approaches that characterise the success of the Women for Health programme in increasing the quantity and quality of female health workers in northern Nigeria. These approaches have led to notable results in the five States of Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Yobe including in the accreditation of health training institutions, increased government commitment to addressing issues, more tutors, and increased capability and demand from rural women and communities to access health training.

Gender relationships are being transformed in areas affected by the humanitarian crises in North East Nigeria. Watch Dr Fatima Adamu, National Programme Manager for the Women for Health Programme, discussing the transformation of attitudes and perceptions towards women’s roles in the community, how young rural ‘women see themselves as agents of change’ and are empowered to become health workers.