In rural Jigawa, access to healthcare is restricted. Last year, there were fewer than 30 trained midwives in the whole state for a population of nearly 5 million people.
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