2014MondayDecember2014

Advocacy

Ban Ki MoonUN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon with WBF Founder HE Mrs Saraki and WRAN Coordinator Tonte Ibraye at the Every Woman Every Child Private Sector Outreach Dinner, Nigeria, May 2011Toyin undertakes extensive multi-sector advocacy work in all the areas the Wellbeing Foundation focuses its philanthropic activities on, including poverty eradication, disaster response and relief and many others. She continues to work to seek a larger platform for the partnership between policy-makers, legislators and those on the receiving end of national health policies.

In particular Toyin advocates forcefully against maternal and infant mortality and has been a driving force in raising these issues on government agendas both within Nigeria and further afield at the UN.

She has hosted meetings of stakeholders in family health and has attended conferences aimed at improving maternal and child health within and outside Nigeria. At one of these conferences, "Women Deliver", in October 2007, she spoke at a forum organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the various medical and socio-cultural reasons for the persistence of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

As Paths2 DFID Champion for MNCH advocacy she has also led the call for swift passage and presidential assent for the Nigeria National Health Bill. In addition Cherie BlairHE Former President Kuffour of Ghana, WBF Founder HE Mrs Toyin Saraki Former First Lady of Kwara State, Africa Justice Foundation (AJF) Founder Cherie Blair, AJF Project Manager Lady Sofia Wellesly at Launch of AJFshe is Chair of the Nigeria Health Campaign One Voice Alliance and a National Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance where she has called for increased budget appropriation towards healthcare provision in MNCH, and which has since been adopted throughout Africa as the 2010 AU Abuja Declaration.

Toyin has pressed donor agencies on the need to be properly focused in their areas of intervention and give priority to the needs of target communities. She believes that education for all children is the key to the emancipation of people from poverty and disease. Through her lectures and newspaper articles, Toyin has continued to advocate for the education and empowerment of women and the integration of issues affecting the health of women and children as fundamental to reducing maternal and infant mortality.

Towards the attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, Toyin is currently partnering with the United Nations, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health and other development partners. She has vowed that the attainment of these MDG goals and the reduction of mortalities and morbidities will continue to be her commitment until the goals are reached.

Toyin has also conducted a visit to China to explore ways in which collaboration with organisations there could impact positively on the lives of Nigerians.