This ‘How-To’ guide is about the process of establishing a Foundation Year Programme to enable young women from rural areas to improve their education qualifications and empower prepare them for entry into the Health Training Institutions. It translates the lessons learned from the Women for Health programme into a series of practical, interconnected steps to guide similar projects and government initiatives incomparably challenging locations.
This guide is for anyone aiming to close a gender gap in service provision and empower women through the process, while also contributing to progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. It is suitable for project and programme teams, government departments, development partners and non-governmental organisations.
This guide is made of up of nine stages:
2. Engaging with stakeholders
3. Designing the Foundation Year Programme
4. Establish systems and structures
5. Recruitment and admission
6. Implementing the Foundation Year Programme
7. Progression pathways
8. Establishing monitoring and tracking processes
9. Institutionalisation and sustainability
While this Guide is focused on health, some elements of the guidance could be valuable for the provision of other social services, such as education, to increase the supply of female teachers in rural areas, and agriculture/livelihoods, to increase the availability of more female agricultural extension workers.