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Seasons Greetings From The Wellbeing Foundation

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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We at The WellBeing Foundation, wish all of our associates, partners and collaborators the best of the season.

We wish you all the love and happiness this season can bring.

And that this love and happiness will follow you throughout the coming year!

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is a Human Right!- Toyin Saraki

Friday, December 10th, 2010

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President of The WellBeing Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki has advocated for the need to begin to treat maternal, newborn and child health as basic human right.

In a statement to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day, Mrs Saraki – the National Champion, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health for the White Ribbon Alliance and Chair of the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) Child Rights Committee – pointed out that: “One of the provisions of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that ‘Every human being has the right to health, including healthcare.’ Unfortunately, this right to healthcare and maternal and children health care in particular, is not taken care of in our society”

Mrs Saraki stated further that currently, Nigeria bears the largest proportion of the world’s burden for maternal and child mortality. She noted that unless stakeholders quickly agreed on the need to tackle adequate health care delivery as a basic human right for which a woman, her pregnancy and child are entitled, it might soon assume ‘crisis dimensions’.

“Current statistics show that every year Nigeria loses between 54,000 and 59,000 women due to pregnancy and pregnancy-related causes. It is even scarier when you hear that a Nigerian woman dies from pregnancy or some complications related to pregnancy every ten minutes. With the wealth of resources that Nigeria possesses, this is unjustifiable. Data on the number of deaths of newborns, infants and under-fives is equally frightening.” Mrs Saraki said.

She called on all stakeholders including the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Scheme, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, relevant NGOs and global development partners in the country to work towards an effective health service delivery system, based on verifiable statistics and linked to a credible, sustainable health insurance scheme, which would deliver health care to women and children at their point of need and wherever they live. This will go a long way to improve the survival of women and children in Nigeria.

Adeniran Adedokun

Special Assistant (Media and Strategy) to Her Excellency.