Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation and wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu, will speak at the maiden edition of the PUNCH Digital Town Hall on Friday.
Bagudu, who is the Special Guest of the occasion, is a Consultant Paediatrician and an advocate for women’s health, and other critical stakeholders in the health sector.
Other speakers at the meeting include the wife of former Senate President, Mrs Toyin Ojora-Saraki; Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation Africa office, Dr Amina Salihu; Founder of Brown Button Foundation, Adepeju Jaiyeoba; amongst others.
The first in the series of the PUNCH Digital Town Hall with the theme ‘Strengthening the Nigerian Maternal and Child Health through Clinical and Community-based Interventions’ is geared towards addressing and reengineering the major contributory factors responsible for maternal and infant deaths.
As part of the overall objective of the PUNCH Media Foundation, the digital town hall is designed to encourage public debate on nagging societal issues in Nigeria like inclusivity, security, civic rights and governance, among others by bringing key players across the development, public and private sectors to a roundtable where actionable conversations can happen for nation-building.
The Kebbi First Lady will share with panelists and participants the state of maternal, newborn and child health in the state and the interventions to ameliorating it, as well as plans towards ensuring safer deliveries and healthier babies, especially among the vulnerable
Ojora-Saraki, Founder and President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, an organisation created with the aim of improving health outcomes for women, infants, and children, will enunciate how funding support and public-private partnership in the health sector can be leveraged towards improving maternal health in Nigeria.
Salihu, an international consultant and women’s rights activist, will focus on the intersection of education and the empowerment of women and girls, extant policies on gender in the country, and how these play out in achieving positive health outcomes for expectant mothers in particular and women in general.