Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Toyin Saraki shares personal stillbirth experience with BBC. 'I was fighting for one life & bewildered how to mourn the other life'

In a move to create awareness of the direct and indirect costs of stillbirths, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of the leading maternal health NGO - Wellbeing Foundation Africa, today spoke with the BBC to call for improvements in health education and access to primary healthcare – key elements to reducing stillbirths around the world. Pls cont reading

Currently, Nigeria has the second highest estimated stillbirth rate, with more than 300,000 stillbirths in 2015 – of which more than half occurred during labour and birth. Speaking to BBC Focus On Africa Radio Correspondent Akwasi Sarpong, Mrs. Toyin Saraki shared her personal birth story while discussing how it inspired her efforts, through the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, to end stillbirths.

Mrs. Saraki, who tragically lost one of her twins due to failures in the Nigerian public health care system, stated:
"I was fighting for one life and bewildered how to mourn the other life… People did not know whether to congratulate or commiserate with me."

According to Mrs. Saraki, this experience informed her decision to co-author the third report in the Lancet ‘Ending Preventable Stillbirths’ Series launched on 19th January 2015, titled Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. In this report, Mrs. Saraki and WBFA provided a unique perspective on stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa; sharing interventions such as the WBFA Personal Health Records, the Foundation’s emergency obstetric and newborn care training with Johnson & Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and their work on Respectful Maternity Care for new and expectant mothers.

Sharing with the BBC, the WBFA Founder further stated:

"Stillbirths often go unrecorded, let alone lead to counselling. This is why I started the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, which works to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health across the continent."

Mrs. Saraki also participated in a short section for BBC Hausa and BBC Online where she shared what women should do during pregnancy to prevent stillbirths, sharing information on monitoring pregnancy and measures that can be taken to save newborns.

Her interview with Sophie Ikenye of BBC Focus on Africa TV, is due to be shown at 5.30pm (GMT) on January 19 on BBC World.

49 comments:

STERN said...

GOD WILL BLESS YOU OKAY?

JAYZSBOSS said...

Oh .tragic story

Timothy Nelson said...

Ok.. Seen.. Nice move from her







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Donjazzycrush said...

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Charles Okafor said...

Nice...














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Ngozi Ebere said...

Dis BBC studio fine oooo

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

dj banti said...

Afta tht wat nxt

Richmond Ichemati said...

We hear!







#commonsense

golda awosika said...

Many people experience ds al d tym




#*karlishah*

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Story that touch..!

Luciana Chinda said...

Eyaaaaa!

Achi Izuegbunem said...

Finally....now una don dey Help people...Thumbs Up mrs saraki but like oliver twist you must still do More

funkecrown05@gmail.com said...

Very gud of her,kip it's up

Adejoke fasasi said...

Oga oo




#Hajia Mufliat

Juliet Iwuno said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeyah! Its not easy o! Linda take note!

Jamila Shaibu said...

Ok seen!

samson adele said...

Good!

Iphie Abraham said...

Eyah,u won't understand how it feels to loose a child at birth until u experience it. May dt not b our portion










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Oshios Baba said...

Okay ...

Dr.Who said...

Stories that touch. Trying to deflect attention away from her 3rd columnist husband. Saw her at the airport about 2 years ago. I was jejely waiting for my luggage at Heathrow airport. My eyes now caught these nice Louis Vuitton suitcases. Hmm nice...i thought. Baba God bless me well enough to be able to buy 1...wait o...2,3,4,5,6,7...whaaat!!! Who owns all these 7 LVs? Then I saw Toyin Saraki picking her LVs without a care in the world and obviously waiting for more to come out. And yes there was a porter waiting patiently. No biggie there. My only thought as I left was, people always bring stuff to Nigeria and not the other way round. Mind you it could be aso-ebi o lol. But in the light of all these yansh openings on Dasukigate, you just can't tell...

Vic Chinoo said...

I am very proud of her. She has turned her pain into her life's mission to help others. That is reall result and strength; absolute determination not to let her experience beat her for good. Good on your. Keep up the good work!!

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

Thumbs up m'aam. Well done.

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Anonymous said...

@Ngoszi Ebere,I know, it's people like you that come to this blog just to view pictures of every post simply because you cannot write nor read. Still shaking my head for you since I read your comment

chinelo okafor said...

Ur point exactly?



Asili gbaka ute.

chinelo okafor said...

Chukwu ekwekwena ka ngwere gba aji.

paparazi said...

okay, we don hear

dj banti said...

Ok

Pesin Pikin said...

Good thing she's brought this tovtge attention of the health minister

Anonymous said...

What she need to do ,is to stop Busola or Bukola from stealing.

Oluwa Bukola said...

Good work ma'am. #Linda'spal

Vivian Reginalds said...

Awwww beauty, Sry
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Lucky Aghom said...

Hope she'll get the needed funds to support and action her goals
@securityman

bishop stan said...

ladies and gentle men i am hear pls get ready for me

Prisca Chijioke said...

Ehyah.


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Prisca Chijioke said...

Ehyah.


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Posh mum said...

Not an experience to wish your enemy! God help us

Amara Egboka said...

Nigeria is not really trying on maternal health care at all

BrendaM said...

@anon11:44. So you check every comment to know what people come here to do? Get a life then.

temitope faizat said...

Thumbs up ma'am

pam eucharia said...

My lady,sophisticated lady,always representing..her NGO ll be a great means of healing 2 many

Anonymous said...

Am not surprised to learn that Toyin Saraki co-authored the Lancet Report on stillbirths, very intelligent and academic lady. I hope the training her foundation is giving midwives will show results in safer childbirths for Nigerian women because death in childbirth in Nigeria are too many.

Anonymous said...

Who dash Dasuki LV luggage? Don't give yourself indigestion. She's been stylish since childhood, she's an Ojora after all.

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Coolboy said...

Toyin Saraki is an epitome of passion-driven health advocate. May you grow from strength to strength, Amen.

James said...

God will surely reward your effort in curbing Stillbirths in Africa and globally. Thumbs up.

Memunat Haruna said...

This woman is truly a selfless health champion, she is beyond doubts a good role model to the upcoming generations. She didn't allow her predicament overwhelm her but took it upon herself to ensure total eradication of similar cases happening to others. She deserves to be honoured for such lovely act.

Victoria Nwosu said...

@Achi Izuegbunem
Actually she does 'do more' and has been helping women
and children for many years now- look at what she has
done in Kwara. Do your research before you speak.
As the founder and president of WellBeing Foundation
she has touched the lives of millions across the globe.

Luke said...

@Anonymous 2:12AM: "What she need to do,is to stop Busola or Bukola from stealing." It's Bukola Saraki firstly but I'm sure you knew that.
How exactly can you determine that he is stealing? Are you there in the Senate with him? Be careful what you say when you have no concrete evidence to back it up.

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