Following the acclaimed launch of the ‘Every Breath Counts’ pneumonia advocacy campaign during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa in January 2016, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, led by H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Nigeria Office) have met to explore potential areas of collaboration and synergy, especially around the involvement of H.E. Mrs Aisha Buhari – Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and H.E. Mrs Toyin Saraki, in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH).
Meeting with the Gates Foundation Nigeria team, led by Dr Mairo Mandara; as well as the Special Adviser to the Wife of the President, Dr. Mohammed Kamal, the leadership of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa provided an overview of the Foundation’s work and expressed that effective solutions to maternal and child health challenges are needed to strengthen accountability and save lives in Nigeria. Mrs. Saraki further stated, “From statistical analysis, it is clear that in healthcare, data facilitates accountability. Without data, accountability is hindered. Without accountability, progress in maternal and child health is stalled.” Through collaborative efforts, both parties aim to expand the coverage of high-impact interventions; further develop innovative tools and technologies; and improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health care services provided in Nigeria – from the grassroots to the national level.
PEOPLE IN PICTURES:
Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki
Mrs Hadiza Dangote
Dr Luther-King Fasehun
Dr Mohammad Kamal
Dr Mairo Mandara
Hajia Mairo Usman