On October 20, 2023, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria Health Workforce Management (HWM) Activity Country Director, Dr. Anddy Omoluabi, and HWM Technical Director, Dr. Olufolake Akeju, gave a brown bag presentation at the USAID Office of Health Systems in Washington, DC. The session was attended in person, by USAID’s Global Health Bureau Director for the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Nancy Lowenthal and the USAID Office of Health Systems Strengthening’s Health Information Systems and Evaluation Advisor, Lisa Maniscalco. More than 50 people also attended the event online, representing implementing partners, international donors, and Nigerian stakeholders.
Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is ranked “extremely high” by the World Health Organization, with more than1,000 deaths per 100,000 live births between 2020 and 2023. Nigeria also has the second highest rate of maternal and child mortality globally. By improving the distribution of nurses and midwives, and increasing the overall number of health workers nationwide, the HWM Activity contributes to greater health system responsiveness to address these critical issues and improve health outcomes among women and children.
In just three short years, the HWM Activity, primed by Banyan Global, has contributed to the improvement of the health workforce training and education landscape in Nigeria through its coordination of the revision and distribution of the National Pre-Service Training Curricula for Nurses, Midwives, and Community Health Workers (CHWs). In addition to the new and improved training curricula, HWM has established both National and State Health Workforce Registries to improve the recruitment and distribution of nurses, midwives, and CHWs in Nigeria, ensuring health workers go to the areas they are needed most. In July 2023, HWM convened the first ever National Pre-Service Health Training Institution (PSHTI) dialogue on Human Resources for Health (HRH), bringing together top subject matter experts, USAID, and government partners to discuss the current state of HRH in Nigeria, and the path forward to establishing a cost-effective, well-trained, and motivated health workforce.