Northern Nigeria has fewer nurses and midwives per capita than the rest of Nigeria. In fact, the health worker ratios are well below neighbouring countries, even those with lower per capita incomes than Nigeria. The root cause of the shortfall in healthcare workers is severe underinvestment in pre-service training of health workers. Other factors, including graduation rates, recruitment into the workforce, and workforce retention, have room for improvement, but fixing all of these issues is a daunting task. With the population growing at a faster rate than the health workforce, the gap between available health staff and demand for their services will widen over time.
Sustaining the midwifery recruitment and workforce retention scheme through advocacy. W4HAuthors: David Olayemi
Document Type: Policy and technical briefs
Publication Date: 2015