A new generation of midwives
"We have the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the country because our workforce is very, very low. People deliver at home," says Aisha, principal of Jigawa State School of Midwifery in Nigeria. But by 2015, the new Jigawa midwifery school hopes to have trained 200-300 students who will work within the region to save mothers’ and babies’ lives.
In Spring 2012, the British Government launched a new scheme – Women for Health – to support 7,000 girls and women to train as health workers in northern Nigeria by 2016. The new skills they learn will help save the lives of thousands of mums, babies and children.
Find out more at www.dfid.gov.uk/midwives-in-nigeria
Picture: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development