HE Toyin Saraki

Founder-president at Wellbeing Foundation Africa

As Founder-president of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Her Excellence Mrs. Toyin Saraki is a Nigerian philanthropist with two decades of advocacy covering maternal, newborn and child health; ending gender-based discrimination and violence and improving education, socio-economic empowerment and community livelihoods in Africa. Saraki is married to Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, senate president and chairman of 8th Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Their marriage is blessed with four children.

Through the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, which achieved consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Welfare Office in 2015, and working with high-level partners that include the UN and the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, Saraki has demonstrated leadership on the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative and continues a focused advocacy on the post-2015 agenda. A committed grant maker, this year Mrs Saraki launched the Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Fund which bestows 5000 health insurance access grants annually to pregnant women, newborns, children under 5, adolescent girls and aged citizens in Kwara State.

Saraki is the global ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, Newborn champion for Save the Children Nigeria, board chair of the White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria, Goodwill Ambassador of the Olave Baden-Powell Society and board members of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and The Africa Justice Foundation. Her Foundation WBFA works in line with the Saving One Million Lives, the MDG Health Alliance and the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria.

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