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Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, wife of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, has been named as the Special Advisor to the Independent Advisory Group, IAG, of the World Health Organisation’s presence in Africa.
The appointment was made by Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a move intended to bring Mrs. Saraki’s considerable frontline experience to bear on WHO’s strategy and policy.
Mrs. Saraki’s first engagement in the new role will take place this week, at the 3rd meeting of the Independent Advisory Group, IAG, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The meeting will focus on repositioning the work of the WHO in Africa in the context of the WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work, GPW13, and the global WHO Transformation Plan.
Responding to her appointment, Mrs. Saraki commented:
“I welcome the Advisory Group meeting’s focus on the health of women, children and adolescents, as flagship indicators for Universal Healthcare Coverage, UHC, progress. As a global champion for UHC, I advocate for a fuller understanding of its benefits, which go beyond health outcomes and include improved gender equality, higher levels of preparedness for epidemic outbreaks and transformative economic effects.
“As Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, I particularly welcome the introduction of WHO AFRO’s focused curriculum for the professional qualification education of Midwives and Nurses in Africa.”
“I am looking forward to hitting the ground running in my new role as Special Advisor at the Independent Advisory Group meeting, this week, in Johannesburg.”
“The experience I have gained as Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, working closely with our midwives on the frontline, as part of the global Every Woman Every Child Strategy to end all preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths, including stillbirths, by 2030, will inform my advice to the WHO.”
“Last year, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, became the first African Director-General of the WHO. His commitment to Universal Health Coverage, represents bold leadership, and I look forward to working closely with him, Dr. Moeti, and all partners, to make affordable and accessible health care a reality across Africa.”