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Public Health Training Initiative

The Carter Center's Sudan Public Health Training Initiative (PHTI) was launched in 2014 and transitioned to full local ownership in early 2023, and the Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative was launched in 2017 and transitioned to full local ownership at the end of 2020. These programs are no longer active.

Guided by the belief that people can improve their own lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources, The Carter Center (with support from donors) worked in partnership with ministries of health in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Sudan, to implement PHTI. The PHTI’s mission was to build resilient health systems by strengthening the country’s ability to train a capable health workforce, focusing particular attention on increasing the quality and quantity of health professionals working toward improving maternal and child health.

In collaboration with the countries’ health and education sectors, PHTI accomplished five key outcomes:

  1. Improved faculty teaching skills
  2. Improved health worker competencies
  3. Enhanced teaching and learning environments with new equipment
  4. Improved pre-service training
  5. Increased capacity to measure impact

The new equipment, curricula, and trainings provided a structure for these three countries to improve maternal and child health care and operate autonomously. As of January 2023, Nigeria, Sudan, and Ethiopia have all transitioned to complete country ownership of this groundbreaking program.

  • Supplies on display in Sudan.

    The Center's Public Health Training Initiative aims to increase quality health care in rural areas to meet the health needs of mothers and children in Sudan. (Photo: The Carter Center)

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Sudan hopes the initiative will enhance the skills of 10,000 midwives and community health workers, as well as 9,000 medical assistants, sanitary overseers, anesthesia technicians, and surgical attendants.

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