Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) Founder-President; H.E Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki has rallied support to elevate mid-wives as the key defenders of women’s rights in Nigeria and around the world.
At the event hosted by Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) in collaboration with Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation” held at Pearlwort Hotel; Lagos titled, “Enabling and Elevating Midwives with Whole System Support as Defenders of Women’s Rights; Every Woman, Every Child, Every Time’; Mrs. Saraki, delivered her keynote speech.
Mrs. Saraki; Special Advisor to the World Health Organization Independent Advisory Group to the Regional Office for Africacommented: “I am delighted to mark the International Day of the Midwife with midwifery institution leaders, regulatory agencies, Public and private health facilities midwifery directors at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa’s Midwifery Symposium.”
“In my keynote address, I shared findings from national and global research on midwives’ voices and midwives’ realities on improving working conditions and the delivery of midwifery services.”
“I also appreciate the support of the ACT Foundation and Access Bank in enabling our MamaCare midwifery-led Antenatal and Postnatal Education Program to reach twenty more medical facilities in Lagos State.”
“As allies of midwives, it is incumbent upon us to advocate for the whole-system support to enable and elevate midwives as the key defenders of women’s rights – in Nigeria and around the world.”
“Midwives are champions of women’s rights; but can only be effective if their rights are also secure. This includes the right for every midwife—and all health workers—to decent work and a safe and dignified workplace. Saving lives does not mean a midwife should risk her own. Sadly, as we all know, in the past year we have lost selfless Nigerian midwives. Too often midwives also suffer ‘burnout’ – from long hours carrying out a complex role, combined with the lack of basic infrastructure or professional support to deliver high-quality care. Many rural midwives represent the sole point of access to health care in remote and under-served areas. It is our first duty to keep the care-givers safe.”
Representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Health; the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, School of Midwifery; National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives; Nigeria Army Medical Corp; Save the Children; and 33 midwives from across Lagos state were in attendance.