Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), HE Toyin Ojora-Saraki and the WBFA global team participated in the 11th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit organised by Corporate Council on Africa in Washington DC on Friday 16 June. Mrs. Saraki was invited to speak at the panel discussion: “Africa Rising: Expanding Social Impact on The Continent.”
At the panel discussion, Mrs. Saraki remarked: “Before tackling tertiary and secondary problems, we must build strong foundations at the primary level and invest in primary healthcare and primary education.”
Mrs. Saraki continued: “I believe that the social impact investment of the century will be in primary healthcare and midwifery.”
Mrs. Saraki stated: “Private sector must collaborate with the local community and civil society, to improve implementation and impact.”
When asked about how to improve relations between governmental bodies and the private sector, Mrs. Saraki stated: “For governments to have long and sustaining relationships with private sector there must be a high level of transparency, and national policymakers must be clear and honest about what their country needs.”
Mrs Saraki, Wife of Nigeria's Senate President His Excellency Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives headquartered at The Hague, and a member of the recently launched African Union - UNWomen African Women Leaders Network Initiative, was joined on the all-female panel, moderated by Cassady Walters of the Albright Stonebridge Group founded by Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, by panelists including Heather Kulp, Director of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, Jennifer Guertin, Associate Director at the Gates Institute and Natasha Quist, Senior Advisor at the Gates Foundation.
Mrs. Saraki alongside her global team also attended the Gala dinner at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on Thursday 15 June, where they admired the latest collections, including artwork by Yinka Shonibare.