Mrs Toyin Saraki Named As “Health-For-All Champion”
Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, the wife of the Nigerian Senate president, Bukola Saraki has been named as “Health-for-All Champion”.
Toyin who is the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), was also named as one of four women making waves in global health by Devex, the international development media platform and social enterprise.
The wife of the former Kwara state governor, upon receiving the award campaigned for improving health outcomes as well as reducing poverty, driving economic growth and promoting gender equality around the world.
Her words: “It is time that we open our eyes to the critical role that universal health coverage can play in drastically improving health outcomes as well as reducing poverty, driving economic growth and promoting gender equality.
“Every year, roughly 100 million people around the world are pushed into poverty due to colossal health costs, while only 1 in 5 have social security protection that will cover lost wages in the event of an illness.
“We must act to ensure that every person – rich or poor, old or young, living in urban or rural areas – has access to effective, timely and quality healthcare.
“I advocate for legislation and investment to make UHC a reality, and I am delighted that some recent progress has been made – the Nigerian Senate’s adoption of the one percent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), is a ground-breaking example.”
“We do, however, need to consolidate and build upon these achievements as a matter of urgency.”
Mrs Saraki who is a special advisor to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of WHO AFRO, the World Health Organization’s presence in Africa promised to use her position to advocate for the benefits of universal health care all around the world.
In a previous report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo encourages Saraki, Others to join SDP.