Blog entry by Learning Hub
The Women for Health programme, 2012-2020
The UK Aid-funded Women for Health programme ended in October 2020 after eight years. W4H’s main aim was to save the lives of women and newborns in thousands of rural communities where there were no qualified midwives. Women for Health created a Foundation Year Programme to help young women from those communities to prepare for exams to enter professional training – and it supported them to succeed, graduate and return to serve the women in their communities.
Since 2012, the programme has transformed the training of health workers in five Northern Nigerian states – Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara. W4H expanded efforts into conflict-affected Borno state in 2018. Across the six states, the number of qualified health professionals produced each year by the colleges of Nursing and Midwifery more than doubled during the life of the programme.
By October 2020, a total of 2,8601 women from nearly 1,000 rural communities had entered the Foundation Year Programme – and 556 had graduated and 77% of these had been employed and posted to serve rural communities. Female admissions to training colleges grew strongly thanks to W4H – since 2013 a total of 9,801 had entered professional training in the six states.Read W4H’s final report here.
Watch the W4H documentary here.Read about Ẁ4H’s work in Borno here.