Northern Nigeria has some of the highest rates of maternal, neonatal and child deaths in the world. Many of these deaths are preventable, but there are shortages of skilled health workers in the region, caused by factors including an inadequate number of institutional and practical training sites.
Since 2012, the UK aid funded Women for Health programme (W4H) has been working in five northern states (Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Yobe and Zamfara) to increase the number and quality of front-line health workers and support their deployment to rural health facilities, where they can have the greatest impact on maternal, infant and child mortality.
In order to achieve these objectives, W4H has implemented interventions to improve the standard, quality, governance and accessibility of Health Training Institutions (HTIs). These interventions are in 4 main areas:
- Supporting the achievement of full accreditation of HTIs
- Ensuring the availability of an adequate number of tutors
- Improving the quality of teaching
- Improving the responsiveness of the institutions to the needs of female students
This information sheet outlines the interventions above, and the achievements to date in these areas.