TOYIN SARAKI: THE FAMILY PLANNING CHAMPION

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), on Thursday, 11th August 2016, during the National Family Planning High-level Event, honoured and installed the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki, as a Family Planning Champion in Nigeria, in recognition of her commitment to the health of women and children in the country.

The High-level event was part of the 4thNational Family Planning Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting, and held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa with the theme: ‘Promoting Greater Accountability through Performance Monitoring to Ensure Access to Family Planning Services in Nigeria.’ The event had in attendance the Vice-President, H.E. Prof Yemi Osinbajo (represented); the wife of the President, H.E. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari (represented); the wife of the Vice-President, H.E. Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo (represented); His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Sokoto – Amirul Mumineen Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV –who was installed as Goodwill Ambassador for Women’s and Children’s Health; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was installed as Grand Patron of Family Planning and Adolescent Health; as well as several State Governors and their wives.

Mrs Saraki’s investiture was received by the Social Impact Lead of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Ms. Chi Okafor. Mrs. Saraki, after the Championship was bestowed on her, took to her social media platforms to appreciate the Federal Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund for so honouring her.

“I am humbled and honoured by my investiture today as Nigeria ‎Family Planning Champion.

I will carry this title with pride, and with it, I will empower women and girls to know that they can have a right on when and how they start a family.

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