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Wellbeing Foundation Africa Congratulates World Bank Presidency Candidates

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

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As a pan-African maternal newborn and child health empowerment organization, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa joins the international community in congratulating Dr. Jim Yong Kim in his appointment as the President of the World Bank. Being an advocate of reform and change in the health sectors of many of the world’s poorest countries, we are confident that Dr. Jim Yong Kim will make invaluable contributions in the fight against poverty while promoting development worldwide. With his global experience and astute track-record in treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in the developing world, we look forward to sustainable solutions and developments from the World Bank under his leadership.

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa also applauses Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s excellent World Bank campaign which challenged the norms and did Africa proud. Her efforts and dedication to international development is a great example to every one of us and it has evidenced that there are no limits for the African woman. Once again, we congratulate the newly appointed leadership of the World Bank and remain optimistic about the progress that will be made under the direction of Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Wellbeing Foundation Africa Featured on Radio Continental in Live Interview to Discuss Maternal Mortality

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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WBF Radio Continental Interview In honour of International Women’s Day, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa was invited to feature on Radio Continental’s ‘Woman’s Own’ talk show on Sunday, the 11th of March 2012 at 7pm in a live interview to discuss the topic of maternal mortality. As a leading Africa-focused NGO at the forefront of Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) advocacy on a global platform, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is dedicated to sustainably developing communities, building capacities, and empowering women across the continent. With the dispersion of tools such as the WBFAIMNCH Personal Health Record©, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa has improved the lives of women by providing them with a documented record of their medical conditions, every stage in their pregnancy, and the life of their child for the first 5 years. This serves to reduce the maternal mortality rate as it gives women the opportunity to receive prompt, targeted, live-saving care from accurately informed health professionals. Through sustained and accelerated action, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is also committed to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals 3, 4,and 5 which focus on promoting gender equality and women empowerment, reducing child mortality, and improving maternal health through numerous grassroots initiatives which partner community groups with the private sector. Radio Continental’s ‘Woman’s Own,’ a program that steadfastly uplifts women, is commended for its efforts in choosing to focus on the critical issue of maternal mortality which accounts for the loss of approximately one million lives in Nigeria annually. Through interviews with organizations such as the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Radio Continental is touching lives by harnessing much needed media engagement and participation in Maternal Newborn and Child Health. Representing the Wellbeing Foundation in Sunday’s live interview was Dr. Alero Ann Roberts (BSc MBBS MPH FMCPH), renowned paediatric and community health specialist and member of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Advisory Board. In the accompanying interview recording, Dr. Roberts made the following key points on the topic of maternal mortality while discussing with Ms.FunmiFasunloye, the program presenter: 1. The Wellbeing Foundation strongly advocates for health service that women can trust will deliver for them. There needs to be universal access to effective, affordable health care that provides a continuum of care from the womb to the tomb – maternal, newborn, child, adolescent, adult and elderly. 2. The Wellbeing Foundation recognizes the need for strategic partnerships to deliver on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Given that the government cannot do it alone, there needs to be engagement of civil society and private sector organizations in a systematic and sustainable manner, using innovative financing schemes to actualize pro-poor policies; transitioning them from paper to practice. 3. The Wellbeing Foundation knows the way and manner to engage women at the grassroots, giving women a voice and a platform to demand their health, education and welfare rights so that they can deliver for the nation and not die doing so. 4. The Wellbeing Foundation encourages all pregnant women and mothers of young children to insist on their Personal Health Record©, which empowers them to get effective health care, and makes the government accountable for resources deployed to maternal, newborn and child health at local, state and federal level. 5. Lastly, the Wellbeing Foundation calls for all like-minded people to join hands and make a stand against the needless deaths of mothers and their infants and demand the full implementation of all strategies designed to enhance the survival of Every Woman, Every Child. Kindly take time to listen to the accompanying recording and contribute to the discussion on reducing maternal mortality. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa applauses the efforts of ‘Woman’s Own’ in creating awareness of this important issue and encourages the media to play a role in prioritizing Maternal Newborn and Child Health. The Foundation welcomes ideas and the opportunity to partner together in this regard as media engagement is an essential component to addressing the challenges facing women and children in Nigeria daily.

 

Dr. Alero Roberts

Dr. Alero Roberts

Dr Roberts started her professional medical career in private practice in 1985, rising from medical officer to hospital administrator of a private hospital in Lagos. After completing her MPH in 2000, she returned to academic life joining the University of Lagos as a lecturer in the then Institute of Primary Health Care, which has since evolved into the Department of Community Health and Primary Care. She has trained medical, dental and post-basic nursing students in her specialty – maternal, newborn and child health and has been involved in the practice of community care in rural communities in Lagos and Ogun states. She has been involved at several times in the training of medical and healthcare workers at state and federal levels, conducting workshops and training seminars for Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Ministry of Health.

She served a short stint as personal assistant to Prof Grange, one-time Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She is presently the technical consultant for Stronghold Support Services, a healthcare sector support and logistics company presently involved in the development of the personal health record book, a tool designed to improve health information management at point of care for pregnant women and children under five. She serves on several boards including the Wellbeing Foundation, a non-governmental organisation globally renowned for advocating for universal access to effective and affordable health care for mothers and children.
Her research interests include developmental delays and learning difficulties, home and community-based management of childhood illnesses and sustainable capacity-building of healthcare professionals.

 

Wellbeing Foundation Africa Founder Congratulates Thisday Award Recipients

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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H.E Mrs ToyinSaraki, Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Advisory Board Member of Cherie Blair’s Africa Justice Foundation (AJF), has congratulated the 55 Women of Distinction honoured at the 17th Annual Thisday Awards Event held in Lagos on February 13th 2012.

Speaking from New York where the notable humanitarian and advocate had attended the formal ceremony to receive the highly valued Fashion 4 Development Commitment to the United Nations Every Woman Every Child Effort from Goodwill Ambassador and Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani, Mrs Saraki said that the recognition of the awardees exemplifies the fact that women are successfully leading increasingly influential roles in all facets of society, including business, politics, entrepreneurship, public policy and social development.

“I am so encouraged to see that Nigerian women are engaging at the highest levels of distinction in business, politics and leadership in the 21st century. We have indeed come a long way. The honourees have persevered and excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour and are worthy of double honour, not only because of what they have achieved, but because as women in a world dominated by men, it often takes twice as much time and effort as their male counterparts to attain great heights.”

Mrs Saraki, the former First Lady of Kwara State, congratulated her fellow former colleagues, Their Excellencies Erelu Angela Adebayo of Ekiti State, Chief Mrs. EkiIgbinedion of Edo State and Distinguished Senator Zainab Kure of Niger State and also Kwara’s very own indigenous daughter Hajiya Bola Shagaya a foremost business woman, for their  respective contributions to humanity, particularly in the lives of women and children, while she warmly welcomed the keynote speakers, Cherie Blair QC of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Africa Justice Foundation and Former American President Bill Clinton of the Clinton Global Initiative, in recognition of their sincere dedication towards development in Africa.

The WBF Africa President finally commended Thisday Newspaper and its Publisher, Prince Nduka Obaigbena for the organisation’s stellar role in inspiring effective media focus upon civil society issues, saying “Thisday continues to provide leadership in the media through innovation, creativity and uncommon intelligence, adding transformational texture to our national experience.”

H.E Mrs ToyinSaraki is in New York in her capacity as the leader of the Nigeria Multi-Sector Engagement in support on the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Effort, which was launched in Nigeria by The Wellbeing Foundation Africa in July 2011.

Yomi Owope, Communications Director, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa. 13-02-2012

 

With Love To My Family

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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I am eternally thankful to Almighty Allah for the unparalleled opportunity I have had to be of service to the good people of Kwara State. Since I came here in 2003
I have found a new home and made a new family in the people of Kwara State. I have found in my new family, people who were honest, dedicated, hardworking and ready to trust anyone they find dependable. I am grateful to every man, woman and child in Kwara State for the life long experience I have learnt in the past eight years and I assure you that they remain part of the rules of engagement for me in my future endeavours.
As we move on to Abuja, I assure you that our work in Kwara State shall go on. I also promise to continue to represent you with all diligence and utmost dedication in my work in Nigeria, Africa globally.
I will continue to pray for the wellbeing of every Kwaran as I enjoin you all to live in peace and harmony for the continued development of our great state.

God be with us all!
HE Mrs Toyin Saraki