We develop and strengthen the capacity for future research

At its inauguration in 1997, CHF commissioned the development of a formal training programme for health professionals, leading to a Diploma in tropical health and disease control hosted by the Federal University of Technology, Yola Nigeria.

CHF spearheaded its subsequent upgrade to the Bachelor of Science degree programme, the first of such in Nigeria. Thousands of peripheral and mid-level health professionals have received formal training in community mobilisation, health administration, advocacy, development of work plans, record keeping, project budgeting and implementation through the programme. CHF has also complemented this through training programmes for 170 traditional healers in Taraba State for hygienic healing practices, particularly managing malaria, lymphatic filariasis diagnosis, and morbidity at the community level. Experiences and knowledge in grassroots community participation techniques acquired from direct contact with communities are transferred to students through our Global Internship Opportunity. The internship programmes accommodate Nigerian graduate and American MPH and medical students annually.

...and receive global interns

Since 2001, CHF has regularly provided interns with opportunities to acquire community participation skills at the grassroots level. Postgraduate students from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, and several Nigerian universities take advantage of these opportunities to study grassroots community participation skills. CHF is a mentoring organisation to the Harvard School of Public Health Initiative, Maternal Health Young Champions (MHYC), for training young health professionals to take up challenging and creative careers in maternal health. Every research activity has an inbuilt training component for strengthening acquired skills and building the capacities of succeeding researchers. CHF makes the practice of pairing junior trainee researchers with experienced researchers in its research activities and sponsoring promising ones at conferences, courses and research events.

  • Emory University Master of Public Health Programme.
  • Johns Hopkins University School Public Health