Fatima Adamu

Technical Lead – Education for Women in Health

Dr Adamu is HPI’s technical lead in Education for Women in Health. Her key areas of expertise include: demand-side interventions to improve RMNCAH such as strengthening voice and accountability, social inclusion and community participation in health and service delivery; gender analysis and mainstreaming in social service sectors; institutional capacity building and management of gender and RMNCAH health programmes. Dr Adamu is a sociologist with decades of experience on how cultural, economic and gender factors impact health in Northern Nigeria.

Background and relevant experience

Currently the National Programme Manager for the HPI-led Women for Health (W4H) programme, a five year programme, funded by UK aid from the UK government, that aims to address the acute shortage of female health workers in five states in Northern Nigeria. Dr Adamu is a strong advocate for girls’ adolescent education, health and the institutionalisation of demand-side activities into government ministries and parastatals.

Dr Adamu is also currently the Principal Investigator of Girls for Health (G4H) Gates Foundation funded ten year programme which aims to address the acute shortage of female health workers in rural Northern Nigeria by empowering rural girls to stay in secondary school, undergo vocational training, and become nurses, midwives, and community health extension workers.

Previously, the Social Development Advisor leading the scale up of social inclusion and community mobilisation initiatives across northern Nigeria under PRRINN/MNCH, she led on social inclusion initiatives and scaling up community mobilisation across Northern Nigeria, resulting in significant improvements in access to maternal, newborn and child health services. She was the Director of Research and Planning for the National Centre on Women’s Development (2007-2008) and the Assistant National Secretary of Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) (2005-2010), she was also Professor and Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the Usamanu Dan Fodyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria.

Selected presentations, publications and reports

Publications
Anne McArthur, Andrew McKenzie, Sally Findley, Cathy Green & Fatima Adamu  (2016). ‘Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria‘, Journal of Health Communications, 2(1):1-10

Sally E. Findley, Omolara T Uwemedimo, Henry V Doctor, Cathy Green, Fatima Adamu & Godwin Y. Afenyadu (2013) ‘Comparison of High Versus Low Intensity Community Health Worker Intervention to Promote Newborn and Child Health in Northern Nigeria’, International Journal of Women’s Health, 2013 (5) 717-728.

Sally E. Findley, Omolara T Uwemedimo, Henry V Doctor, Cathy Green, Fatima Adamu, & Godwin Y. Afenyadu (2013) ‘Early Results of An Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program, Northern Nigeria‘, BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1034

Cathy Green, Fatima Adamu & I. Abdul Rahman (2013). ‘The Role of a Transport Union in Increasing Rural Women’s Access to Emergency Maternal Care in Northern Nigeria’, Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice, Volume 19.2, March.

Henry V Doctor, Sally E. Findley, Godwin Afenyadu,  Fatima Adamu, Cathy Green, Alistair Ager & Giorgio Cometto (2012). ‘Using Community-based Research to Shape the Design and Delivery of Maternal Health Services in Northern Nigeria’, Reproductive Health Matters, 20 (39):104-112

Presentations
“Changing the face of health training institution: Making Health Training Institutions in northern Nigeria more female-friendly” presented as part of the Women for Health (W4H) programme team panel at Accountability NOW: A national summit to Advance Newborn and Maternal Health in Nigeria. Abuja Feb 2016.

“Improving the number and quality of health workers: Strengthening the capacity of Health Training Institutions in northern Nigeria.” presented as part of the Women for Health (W4H) programme team panel at Accountability NOW: A national summit to Advance Newborn and Maternal Health in Nigeria. Abuja Feb 2016.

“Partnering with communities to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria” presented at the HPI and HP Network event, “Health Governance, Systems and Equity: Finding the right mix in Nigeria”. Abuja. Nov 2015.

“Integrated Community Engagement Approach”, presented at the HPI and MacArthur Foundation dissemination event “Accelerating the attainment of Universal Health Coverage through community based Emergency Transport Schemes (ETS) in Nigeria”. Abuja, Nov 2015.

“Can health outcomes improve without empowering women and girls?” presented at the HPI and WISE launch event. London Sept 2015.