CIDT is providing Senior Technical Advisers for Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Value for Money, Gender, Social and Cultural Issues, Community Engagement and Quality of Teaching for this five year programme (2012 to 2017) which works with all the Health Training Institutions and Ministries of Health in five of the northern Nigerian states.

The aim of the programme is to increase the production, deployment and retention of female front-line health service providers, especially midwives to rural communities, where they will have the greatest impact on maternal, infant and child mortality. CIDT staff have led a gender audit of the institutions, an assessment of the quality of teaching, the development of a knowledge management strategy, provided training in teaching methods, developed the curriculum for a Foundation Year Programme, provided training in mentoring, assisted the institutions to develop gender management plans and implement strategies to improve quality of teaching, provided training for Citizen’s Advocates and instituted an action research programme into the social, cultural and religious barriers to the retention of midwives in rural communities.

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