Research brief

A qualitative study of the scalability and sustainability of the Village Health Worker scheme in Gombe State, Nigeria

by Deepthi Wickremasinghe

published 11 December 2017

In November 2016, a new group of volunteer health workers – village health workers (VHWs) were introduced in 57 focus wards in Gombe State, under the leadership of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and support for implementation from Society for Family Health (SFH).

This exploratory study seeks to understand the factors that will contribute to the sustainability of the Village Health Workers Scheme as the SPHCDA  scales it up to the other 57 wards in Gombe State, and to any future scale-up of the initiative across Nigeria.


Deepthi Wickremasinghe

Research Assistant