Abuja - White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria (WRAN)
patron, Toyin Saraki, has commended the organisation for its efforts towards
safe motherhood and improved maternity in Nigeria.
The Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Saraki,
who has been a long-standing member of the WRAN, stated, that the impact of the
organisation globally had been outstanding.
“Since we began our work, global maternal mortality has
dropped by 43 percent. Our strategic programmes and advocacy have persuaded
governments to prioritise and commit resources to saving the lives of women and
children,” she said in Abuja.
The organisation was formed in 1999.
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Saraki, wife of House of Assembly Speaker, Bukola Saraki,
said as the country and the globe moved into the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) era, the White Ribbon Alliance's work was needed more than ever.
“Securing the right for all women, in all areas, to be
safe and healthy before, during, and after childbirth, under the remit of
Sustainable Development Goal 3 is crucial to achieving health and wellbeing for
all, at all ages,” she said.
“I look forward to moving this agenda forward with you
(WRAN board members, as Grand Patron, and working closely with the board and
its chair in developing the strategies to further our work in Nigeria.”
Saraki expressed the need for further efforts to be made
to provide Respectful Maternity Care and support for internally displaced
persons and mothers living in settings of conflict, displacement, and natural
As the International Confederation of Midwives
(ICM) Global Goodwill Ambassador, Saraki continues to advocate for increased
investment in skilled midwives, trained in communications, who can ensure that
mothers are heard, informed, and empowered - even in the middle of crisis.
- CAJ News