Using the health workers for change curriculum to improve the quality of gender-sensitive health care in Nigeria

(Published November, 2019)
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Reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services (RMNCAH) in Nigeria suffer from poor quality of care, stock outs of essential medicines and commodities, infrastructural challenges, health worker shortages, mistreatment in care, and gender-related discrimination among both providers and clients. While some of these obstacles to quality, respectful, equally accessible and gender-sensitive care are structural, others are attitudinal, relational, and driven by gender inequality between providers themselves, between providers and clients, and within client relationships. Gender inequality is embedded in socio-cultural practices and behaviors; therefore, provider-client interactions and relationships are impacted by gender-related issues and barriers. MCSP works to address these inequalities across the service delivery continuum using integrated gender-transformative interventions and has transformed the care environment in program facilities through the use of the Health Workers for Change (HWFC) training approach. HWFC was implemented by MCSP Nigeria within the Kogi and Ebonyi States from December 2016-August-2018.


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