Improving the quality of family planning services in Nigeria
"We don’t just train and leave the people to go on and work.”
SHOPS Plus chief of party for Nigeria Ifeanyi Okekearu talks about how the team is improving the quality of family planning services in the country by providing training to community health extension workers and other providers in Federal Capital Territory, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, and Plateau states.
The curriculum gives trainees clinical skills, and addresses important factors associated with family planning service delivery, such as gender dynamics and provider bias.
The two-week clinical skills training sessions focus on instruction using a participatory style of teaching in the first week and hands-on experience at a nearby health facility in the second week. As part of the training session, providers receive starter packs of service delivery instruments (IUD insertion and removal kits and infection prevention kits), printed job aids, and forms to report family planning service data from their facilities to the National Health Management Information System. All providers who attend the training session also learn how to report service delivery data into the national system. This specific training has shown a significant increase in the percentage of facilities with a trained staff member reporting data through this system, with a 74 percent increase between April and September 2018.
In the months following the training sessions, the SHOPS Plus team provides three follow-up visits to each provider to reinforce new skills.
“The value of this is all the trained providers have the opportunity of someone to act as back up when they have difficulties in any of the services they are rendering, and that is what makes our project unique," Okekearu says. "We don’t just train and leave the people to go on and work.”
Watch Okekearu's video interview below.