Project profile — Enhancing the Ability of Frontline Health Workers to Improve Health

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Enhancing the Ability of Frontline Health Workers to Improve Health - Overview
WHO - World Health Organization (XM-DAC-41143)
2014-03-07 - 2021-01-31
Country / region • Nigeria (100.00%)
Sector • Health, General
Health policy and administrative management (12110) (30.00%)
• Basic Health
Health personnel development (12281) (55.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (15.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project seeks to improve the health of infants, children, women and men in Bauchi and Cross River States and reduce deaths. The project aims to increase the quantity and quality of frontline health care workers, such as midwives, nurses, and community health workers, in order to improve the delivery of maternal, newborn and child health care services for 1.9 million pregnant women and mothers and 1.7 million children under five. It also seeks to build the capacity of Nigeria's Ministry of Health to support the states in meeting national health standards. The project also seeks to reduce the overall burden of disease in Bauchi and Cross River States. Some project activities include: (i) improving the ability of 11 training centres to effectively train frontline health care workers; (ii) providing assistance to support ministries of health, professional associations and regulators to better manage the frontline health care workforce; and (iii) improving the ability of ministries of health to develop, implement and manage evidence-based health policies and programs that allow for better long-term deployment and management of frontline health care workers. The project is implemented in collaboration with the Population Council and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) increased availability of qualified and productive frontline health workers; (ii) increased use of evidence-based policies, strategies and plans that respond to the different needs of women and men to manage the health workforce; and (iii) improved partnerships and coordination for mobilizing sustainable health workforce resources.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2021) include: (1) trained 7,179 primary health care workers (of whom 4,387 are women) to provide quality health services to their communities; (2) 11 health training institutions in Bauchi and Cross River states attained full or partial accreditation to train nurses, midwives and other frontline health workers; (3) improved recruitment of frontline health workers and their deployment to where they are needed most at the national level and in Bauchi and Cross River states, by establishing the Health Workforce Registry and the Workload Indicators of Staffing Needs information systems; trained 417 (of whom 130 are women) federal and state health and data managers on utilizing the information management systems; and (4) strengthened policies, strategies and annual plans for human resources for health at the national level and in Bauchi and Cross River states, allowing governments to be better equipped in providing gender-sensitive health services to a maximum of beneficiaries.



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