About the Project

The USAID funded MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning and Obstetrics project (“the project”) implemented by EngenderHealth seeks to sustainably support the Government of Nigeria (GoN) in strengthening surgical safety within maternal health (MH), by promoting evidence-based approaches and testing new innovations. Specifically, the project seeks to accelerate reductions in maternal and new-born mortality and morbidity by increasing the capacity of Nigerian institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale-up, and sustain the use of evidence-base high-quality prevention and treatment of female genital fistula; prevention of female genital mutilation/circumcision (FGM/C); and mitigation of adverse obstetric impacts among women who have experienced FGM/C.

The project applies cross-cutting strategies that prioritize local stakeholders and partners as co-creators, innovators, implementers, owners, and sustainers; use effective clinical team capacity building approaches and technologies; emphasize gender, youth, and social inclusion (GYSI) competency and program integration; leverage public-private partnerships; and measure impact on effective coverage. Recognizing the highly dynamic environments in which health services are delivered, these strategies will emphasize supporting health system resilience and a commitment to agile implementation guided by adaptive management and learning.


To increase awareness of equal access to and quality of informed, voluntary and consented safe surgical care for caesarean delivery, prevention and treatment of obstetric and iatrogenic fistula, peripartum hysterectomy and voluntary uptake of LARC/PMs.


FOMWAN will do the following to achieve the project goal:

Support the expanded availability of holistic fistula care

  • Coordinate with EngenderHealth, partners, fistula repair centres, NURTW and other stakeholders in the transportation of clients and chaperone to fistula centres for repair.
  • Facilitate transportation of clients and accompanying person to fistula centres for repair.

Identification of communities and community engagement

  • Support one day quarterly advocacy meetings targeting local government authorities, schools, traditional leaders, religious institutions, NURTW, men, women and youth groups, FGM/C practitioners, FGM/C survivor champions, and other influencers, presenting QI and other data analysis findings to drive community action.
  • Working with the Ministry of Health, LGAs and Ward Development committee, identify and select 10 female Community volunteers for fistula, FGMC and EmONC programming per ward across allocated LGAs.
  • Support volunteers with transport reimbursement to facilitate at least targeted household counselling sessions for screening and referral using standardized EngenderHealth tools
  • Identify and select one female and one male champion as super volunteers per ward across allocated LGAs.
  • Support super volunteers with transport reimbursement to facilitate supervision, monitoring of the volunteers and facilitate at least targeted community group meetings on fistula, FGMC and EmONC programming per ward across allocated LGAs.
  • Train the volunteers and super volunteer on their roles and responsibilities, technical skills on fistula, FGMC and EmONC programming, reporting, documentation, safeguarding etc., including use of EngenderHealth fistula screening and referral tools
  • Facilitate monthly monitoring and supervision of the community structures
  • Document success stories

Support the development of an FGM/C and Fistula community sub-committee

  • Map WDCs in targeted LGAs
  • Set up of the sub committees
  • Orientation training of the sub committees
  • Continuous technical support to the sub committees

Support community awareness on Fistula and FGM/C

  • Mapping of theatre groups, viewing centres and other entertainment hubs/platforms in the communities of operations
  • Hosting monthly awareness events in collaboration with mapped partners

Support dissemination of the National Strategic Framework for the Elimination of Obstetric

Fistula and strategic costed planning

  • Work with communities to generate advocacy issues around Fistula prevention and management, FGM/C and EmONC programming.
  • Support with advocacy issues to inform quarterly one day advocacy meetings with the State House of Assembly and MDAs on budget appropriation and release for fistula, FGMC and EmONC programming, working with USAID State2State project.

Supportive supervision:

  • Follow up with the volunteers and other community structures.

Documentation and learning

Collect routine data; create reports and presentation consolidating the learnings from the project.

Routine liaising with local government and other partners:

Organizations would maintain routine liaison with government and other partners at local level, in coordination with EngenderHealth.

Activity Workplan

  • Support one day quarterly advocacy meeting of 20 persons in 22 wards across 2 LGAs
  • Identification, selection and screening of 10 female community volunteers per ward in 22 wards across 2 LGAs
  • Facilitate 5 day non-residential training for 220 volunteers Support to 220 volunteers to facilitate 30 targeted home visits per month for 6 months
  • Supportive supervision to community volunteers for 9 months
  • Monitoring of activities for 6 months
  • Mapping of theatre groups, viewing centres and other entertainment hubs/platforms in 22 wards across 2 LGAs
  • Hosting 1 day monthly awareness event in collaboration with mapped partners in 22 wards across 2 LGAs
  • Two day non-residential orientation meeting of 7 members of Fistula/FGMC WDC subcommittee, across 22 wards in 2 LGAs
  • Support 2 quarterly one day non-residential advocacy meetings with the State House of Assembly and MDAs on budget appropriation and release for fistula, FGMC and EmONC programming


  • Prepare and submit regular reports, including activity based reports in line with project monitoring and evaluation system, reports of supervision activities, meeting reports, monthly and quarterly programmatic and financial reports, plans and budget
  • Adhere to EngenderHealth and USAID policies during implementation.
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationship with community, state, and national stakeholders as applicable.

Key Personnel

Dr Yalwa Usman – FOMWAN National Health Committee Chairperson

 Dr Yalwa Usman is a Medical Doctor and Reproductive Health Specialist, with over 28 years of clinical practice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. As a consultant, she has worked in various capacities with Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and UN Agencies. Currently, she is Zonal Coordinator and Master Trainer for Post Abortion Care Network (PACNet) in Nigeria. She recently served as the Coordinator of Reproductive Health at Maitama Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria and is experienced as a General Hospital Medical Director. She is currently the Deputy Chairperson of FOMWAN (Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria) and was the Founder and long-term Chairperson of the Abuja Branch of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa Nigerian Chapter (SWAAN). She has undertaken substantial work dedicated to HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaigns. Dr Yalwa brings strong leadership experience and excellent experience and understanding of health delivery systems in Northern Nigeria.

Uthman Muideen A. – FOMWAN National Project Accountant

Uthman Muideen is a chartered accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) with over 4 years experience in project accounting and currently in the process of concluding his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Ahmadu Bello University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Cooperative and Business Management from Olabisi Onabanjo University.
He currently works with the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) as a project accountant where he managed the funds of donor funded projects like “Risk Communication and Community Engagement”, “Support to National Malaria Program – Phase II”, “Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project” and “Education Crisis Response” funded by UN Women, DFCO (formerly DFID) and USAID respectively. He worked with Lanre Bhadmus Industries Limited as a sales executive where he served as a link between the organization and its customers. He also has supervisory experience from several previous positions.

These opportunities gave him the exposure to management, accounting, finance, tax, auditing, budgeting and financial reporting. He is proficient in many computer software programs including Peachtree; Quick-books; Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. He is able to communicate excellently, works effectively with minimum supervision and handles his time efficiently.

Dr Balbasatu Ibrahim – FOMWAN Sokoto State Project Coordinator

Dr Balbasatu Ibrahim, Born in Yabo Local Government of Sokoto state in Northern Nigeria on 26/06/1966.  She attended Yabo Central Primary school, 1972- 1979, proceeded to Government Girls College Sokoto, 1979-1984. Obtained BA. ED. Hausa, at University of Sokoto, 1990, M.A. Hausa 2000 and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Hausa Literature, 2010 at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto respectively. She has eighteen (20) years of experience working in the Department of Hausa/Translation of the Polytechnic of Sokoto State. Her experience cuts across teaching Hausa language, oral and written literature, orthography and translation at now Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto. She also supervised student projects on different topics related to Hausa courses taught under her department.

Her specific areas of expertise include translation from English to Hausa, Hausa orthography which she taught for the Interim Joint Matriculation Board.  She also worked with donor organizations like UNICEF under Girls Education Project (GEP) as LGA coordinator 2005 to 2008, USAID – Nigeria Northern Education Initiative (NEI) FOMWAN program officer 2011 to 2013, where she translated many documents into Hausa for the benefit of her work and also served as translator on the field and during trainings. And Team Lead for Education Component under the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project, implemented by CRS Nigeria, (in Sokoto, and Kebbi state and FCT Abuja) 2014 – 2017. She is also a staunch member of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) a non-governmental and nonprofit making faith based organization. She served as the state president for the Sokoto state chapter of FOMWAN. Her other publications include: Contributions of Women to the Development of Hausa Literature as an Effective Means of Public Enlightenment: The Case of A 19th C. Female Scholar, Maryam Bint Uthman Ibn Foduye, 2015. The Contributions of Hausa Women Poets to the Spread of Islamic Education in the Colonial period. 

Dr Ibrahim has been a member of so many committees like, Member FOMWAN’s National Committee on External Relations and Donor Projects, Member Sokoto Consultative Committee on Education Development, Chairperson School Based Management Committee Government Girls Secondary School, Member Center for Intellectual Studies of the Sokoto Caliphate, Advisory committee USAID Leadership Empowerment and Advocacy, Member Sokoto State Consultative  Committee on Education Development, Member Joint Admission Matriculation Board(JAMB).

Delivery Schedule

Duration:          7 months (from the start of the project)  

Place of delivery or performance

StateLocal Government Areas (LGAs)
FCTto be selected in consultation with the state government based on the needs of the state
Ebonyito be selected in consultation with the state government based on the needs of the state
Bauchito be selected in consultation with the state government based on the needs of the state
Sokototo be selected in consultation with the state government based on the needs of the state
Kebbito be selected in consultation with the state government based on the needs of the state

Contact Persons

Sanni Rafiah Idowu (Mrs) – 07064249185 –;

Dr Yalwa Usman – 08033103398 –

Uthman Muideen Adisa – 07039294932 –