Seeds of Change is a three part film highlighting the key approaches and impacts of the Women for Health Programme in addressing the acute shortage of female health workers in Northern Nigeria.

The first part, Sowing the Seeds, outlines the context in which gender relationships are being transformed in areas affected by the humanitarian crises. 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 they are empowered to become health workers.

The second part, Addressing the shortage of female health workers, summarises theeight 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.

The third part, Scaling up Success, touches on some of the wider impacts of the Programme and what is needed to scale up the approaches to other parts of Northern Nigeria. The wider effects can be summed up as three 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.