CHWs (116) Certification of CHWs (7) Certification of CHWs in Nigeria

2 July, 2019

It feels good to be in week 5 already.

As stated already during this discussion, Nigeria already practices competency based certification in the pre service training arena for CHWs/CHPs. What is left is to ensure regular and timely updating of the criteria to meet current best educational/ training practices.

Nigeria has already made an excellent head-start in embracing, integrating and motivating community health practitioners within its health system, especially as the practice mostly aligns with the WHO guideline under discussion. What remain for Nigeria is to adapt regularly and as frequently as necessary to keep pace with best evidence and best practice. Nigeria needs to expand the cadre of CHW to embrace others e.g. Traditional Birth Attendants for the many advantages mentioned already on this forum, provided the expansion is grounded on best practice ethos. Afae guards such as supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the whole structure is essential for success. But failure to adapt and improve consistently, leads to ossification and death of policy and practice.

Joseph Ana.

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT