As Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki is a Nigerian advocate for women’s and children’s health and empowerment, with two decades of global advocacy covering reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health; ending gender-based discrimination and violence; and improving education, socio-economic empowerment, and community livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mrs Saraki was appointed as a Member, UN Women African Women’s Leadership Network AWLN in 2017, and serves on the Steering Council of African Women Leadership Network Nigeria. Toyin is a patron of Women in Global Health Nigeria, and has served as the Inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 2014-2020; serves as Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), was named by Devex as UHC Global Champion, is the Save the Children Newborn Health Champion for Nigeria. Toyin was Inaugural Board Chair of The White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria, and is a Global Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and was appointed as a Fellow of the African Academy of Public Health in 2016.
Mrs Saraki leads the Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s Global Advocacy and Frontline program implementation centred by the WBFA Mamacare360 Community Midwifery Antenatal and Postnatal Education, and Primary & Adolescent Personal Social and Health Education and WASH Program platforms.
Under Mrs Saraki’s leadership, alongside its own endowment programs, the WBFA has implemented several global donor programs including: the Mamacare+Nutrition Program in partnership with UNFPA Nigeria, the Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care Program Improving the Availability And Quality of Maternity Care In Kwara State, in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre For Maternal and Newborn Health, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s WASH For Wellbeing Programs in Health Facilities, Households and Schools, and the Alive and Thrive Infant and Young Child Feeding Program In Lagos and Kaduna States in partnership with FHI360. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa pioneered and remains an active member on the CSO Core Support Committee of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health.
Mrs Saraki is a supporter of the Every Woman Every Child Initiative of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Strategy for Women Children And Adolescents Health, and serves as a Board Observer to the WHO Partnership For Maternal Newborn and Child Health PMNCH. Under the leadership of Mrs Toyin Saraki, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is in Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the United Nations and is a member of the UN Global Compact.
Mrs Saraki serves as a Director and Board member of Seven-Up Nigeria Ltd, EDC Securities Ltd, Intertek Testing Services Ltd, and the Ojora Group of Companies.
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