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Alliance promotes improved maternity in Nigeria

14 December 2015, 09:52Emeka Okonkwo

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 disasters.

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


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