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 working with a broad range of partners that include the UN, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, and the organized private sector, Mrs Saraki has demonstrated leadership, over two decades, on the advancement of women’s and children’s health through community health workers and midwives.
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. Her marriage to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, 13th Senate President and Former Chairman of the 8th Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been blessed with four children.
As a firm believer of midwife-centred maternity care, the WBFA’s flagship antenatal and postnatal MamaCare, Emergency Obstetrics 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 policies are informed by successive Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Three, Five, and Six respectively.