The NPHCDA has more than 22,000 health centres across Nigeria. Without well-trained people to manage those centres, coordinate activities and deliver supplies we wouldn’t be able to achieve our desired health outcomes.

Weak management capacity at the State and LGA levels in Nigeria has been
noted as the most important ‘binding constraint’ to scaling up services in order to achieve our health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is particularly acute at the middle management level, where management function is critical to improving service performance.

We are committed to ensuring that our improvements in providing quality primary healthcare are not limited by a lack of effective training and development.

Building the capabilities of our managers
We have instituted a programme for the training and development of mid-level managers.. The core programme consists of six residential modules lasting one week each. The modules are reinforced by supportive supervision and on-the-job training and mentoring. Final course evaluation is carried out by Dukes University with the award of a joint certificate (NPHCDA & Dukes).

Developing our midwives
People capacity building is also an integral part of our Midwives Services Scheme. All midwives are trained in life saving skills with ongoing training for traditional live birth attendants and others involved in obstetrics in primary health care centres.

Primary care centres
We’ve also completed capacity building for health workers at primary care centres focusing on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria services. Activities have included carrying out sensitization workshops for 64 local government areas. Staff received five days’ training on PPM using four biomedical engineering training centres. Step-down training was delivered to Local Government Area and facility staff, covering service provision, basic management skills and maintenance.


  • The first set of 111 frontline managers drawn from all36 states (roughly 3 participants per state) and the FCT have been trained and posted.
  • More than 2,500 midwives and staff have been trained in life saving skills and integrated management of childhood illnesses

AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria workshops have been carried out in 64 LGAs.