The Women for Health (W4H) programme is a five year, UK aid funded programme operating in five states in Northern Nigeria (Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara). W4H aims to increase the number of female health workers and support their deployment to rural health facilities.
To effectively perform its funding responsibilities, W4H has a financial and grant management team which disburses grants through the following key intervention areas:
- establishing and maintaining the Foundation Year Programme
- recruitment of rural female students for the Foundation Year Programme
- to support Health Training Institutions
- to support tutors
- recruitment and retention of midwives in rural areas
Achievements to date include an increased number of Health Training Institutions meeting the required tutor to student ratio, improved financial accountability and responsiveness of the training institutions, and increased retention of rural midwives.