Wellbeing Foundation Africa Founder Toyin Ojora Saraki, from Nigeria, has been appointed Special Advisor to the Independent Advisory Group (FATF) of WHO AFRO, the branch of the World Health Organization in Africa and one of the four women engaged in global health through Devex, the international media development platform.
The appointment was effective earlier this month by Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, with the aim of bringing Saraki’s considerable front-line experience to influence the strategy and policy of WHO. WHO.
Ms. Saraki’s first engagement in this new role will take place this week at the 3rd meeting of the Independent Advisory Group (ICG) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting will focus on the repositioning of WHO’s work in Africa in the context of the 13th WHO Global Program of Work (GPW13) and the Global Health Organization Transformation Plan.
Speaking at the event, Saraki said it was time for Nigerians to open their eyes to the crucial role that universal health coverage could play in radically improving health, reducing poverty, economic growth and the promotion of gender equality.
According to it, every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world are pushed into poverty because of the health costs, while one in five benefits from social protection that could cover the loss of wages. case of illness.
“We must act so that every person, rich or poor, old or young, living in urban or rural areas, has access to effective, fast and quality health care,” said the Nigerian. And adding, “I advocate for legislation and investment to make this ambition a reality and I am pleased that progress has been made recently: the adoption by the Nigerian Senate of the Consolidated Revenue Fund at a percent of the Basic Fund for Health Care, a revolutionary example. ”
As a reminder, Toyin Ojora Saraki is the wife of the Speaker of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.