In rural Nigeria, we’re training a new generation of midwives

Authors: Dr Fatima Adamu
Document Type: Press
Publication Date: 2015

This press article featured in The Guardian focuses on the Women for Health programme: a £25 million, five state and five year project in Nigeria, which is training a new generation of midwives to safely deliver babies in their villages. It discusses some of the barriers to healthcare that women face in northern Nigeria and how by encouraging women and girls to become midwives, they are changing attitudes in local communities. By collaborating with health training institutes, communities are learning to implement more women-friendly measures and are empowering women to be good health workers. Six thousand female students will be trained across the region, with 1,534 currently enrolled.

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Tags: Nigeria, Skilled birth attendants, Midwifery, SBAs, Gender, Women for Health, Foundation Year Programme, Access to health care, W4H, female health workers, midwives, gender transformation, role model, FYP, retention scheme, girls for health,