Saraki Advocated For Widespread Digitization of Personal Health
Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives Delivering Her Speech at the Future of Health Summit, organised by Forbes and CNBC Africa.
“H.E. Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), today delivered the keynote speech at the high-level Future of Health Summit, organised by Forbes and CNBC Africa.
In her keynote address on ‘The Role of Technology in Improving Mother and Child Healthcare in Nigeria – Raising Quality Standards For Health Care, Putting People First’ Mrs Saraki called for more widespread use and digitization of Personal Health Records (PHR), commenting:
“Digital technology can, at its best, ensure quality and standards of care are improved and maintained – the ability to track, trigger actions and provide accountability empowers midwives and other health workers to lead the way with quality care, adapting to their own situational awareness.”
L-R; Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Idris and Founder, Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, Mrs. Toyin Saraki at the Future of Health Summit, organised by Forbes and CNBC Africa.
“Without a public centralised health database for many families to rely upon and keep them informed of the necessary health processes in a child’s first thousand days of life, the WBFA’s Personal Health Record came as an innovation that placed this knowledge directly into the mother’s hands, and empowered her to provide, analyse and follow-up on her own data – to be in control of her own situational analysis. The digitisation of the PHR to inform similar nationwide efforts by qualified midwives would place Nigeria at the forefront of improving maternal and infant health outcomes. It would be fitting to achieve that here in Nigeria, where the idea for a home-based record was developed and has since been successfully deployed in countries like the UK and Japan.”
Mrs Saraki highlighted the video training deployed by the the WBFA at Gwagalada School of Nursing and Midwifery in Abuja as an example of technology transforming healthcare development in Nigeria, and cited the WBFA’s training partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as the global standard of ‘hands-on” teaching which is saving lives and helping mothers and infants to thrive.”