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Other Initiatives

social-welfare01 largeDr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder of the WBF, presenting donated wheelchairs WBF has established a wide range of other initiatives to tackle development challenges and meet the Millennium Development Goals.

We receive requests from groups for assistance with medical bills beyond the budgets of the referring organisations. Often these are cases that require treatment abroad. Therefore some of our efforts in this area include:

  • Finding places at, and funding journeys to and bills for, hospitals in India and Israel that perform corrective surgery for heart deformities
  • Linking accident victims with hospitals abroad, and funding the trip and/or medical costs for surgeries, recuperation and post-operation treatment
  • Donation of artificial limbs
  • Funding of corrective surgeries for individuals and families
  • Multiple birth assistance and grants
  • Additional materials such as food, clothing and bedding

Renovation of Children's Specialist Hospital, Centre Igboro, Ilorin

In Kwara State , WBF through the Kwara Wellbeing Trust (Alaafia Kwara) has undertaken the renovation of the Children's Specialist Hospital, Centre Igboro, providing, among other things:

  • A borehole for a source of clean pipe-borne water, hitherto unavailable.
  • A Children's Ward (fully equipped)
  • An Isolation Ward (fully equipped)
  • Doctor's Consulting Room
  • Nurses Bay
  • Mosquito Netting throughout the facility
  • Bathrooms in the Maternity Unit
  • Donation of an Ambulance

Partnership with to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital

The Foundation has partnered with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in the past five years, with the Foundation supporting the hospital in several ways including funding, the treatment of patients and donation of medical equipment. Some of this equipment includes neonatal resuscitation units and infant pulse oximeters with WBF also undertaking fundraising to provide more equipment such as dialysis machines for renal patients.

WBF presents maternity packs to pregnant women as part of its effort to reduce maternal and infant mortalityWBF presents maternity packs to pregnant women as part of its effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality

The Partnership Grant

Nigeria is one of six high burden countries that has benefitted from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) grant. The grant supports the Federal Ministry of Health in coordinating the actions of donor agencies, implementing partners and civil society to accelerate the reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality. To accomplish this feat, the Partnership set up a country Secretariat and Country Support Working Group.

The national Nigeria Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health was launched to meet the following objectives:

  • To bring the issue of maternal, newborn and child health to the forefront of the country's development agenda
  • To review the draft Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) Strategy and make it fit for Nigerian purposes and needs
  •  To build a consensus on the IMNCH strategy and its implementation through NGOs, civil societies, professional health associations and relevant stakeholders.

The WBF is now a global partner to the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health and a member of the Core Technical Committee which was formed to implement the recommendations of the Nigerian PMNCH.