As Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Saraki is a Nigerian leader, advocate, and philanthropist for maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, as well as socio-economic empowerment. Through WBFA and her Global Health advocacy, H.E Mrs. Saraki has worked with a broad range of partners that include the UNFPA, UNHCR, Medela, Nutrition International, Johnson and Johnson, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, and the organized private sector. H.E Mrs. Saraki has demonstrated leadership, over two decades, on the advancement of women’s and children’s health through community health workers and midwives.
H.E Mrs Toyin Saraki was appointed Inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives in 2014, taking on the responsibility of advocating for the improved recognition of the roles, rights, and remuneration of the midwifery profession, globally. She is Save the Children’s Newborn Health Champion for Nigeria; and is a Global Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. She is also a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development and serves as Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group of the WHO Regional Office for Africa. H.E Mrs. Saraki was recently appointed the inaugural WHO Foundation Ambassador for Global Health.
As a firm believer of midwife-centered maternity care, the WBFA’s flagship Antenatal and Postnatal Maternal Care, Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care Skills improvement, Alive and Thrive, Infant Nutrition, and WASH programs are delivered through a team of 74 midwives across 655 health care facilities in Nigeria. WBFA implements and applies a 360 continuum of care model with policies informed by successive Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Three, Five, and Six respectively.
H.E Mrs Saraki is married to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, 13th Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Former Governor of Kwara State (2003-2011), and they have been blessed with four children.