What are the main causes of infertility in Gambia?

The main cause of infertility in Africa is the result of infection, which may have been sexually transmitted or caused by traditional practices, or unsafe abortions and home deliveries in unhygienic circumstances.

Due to a lack of information, understanding and access to health care services these conditions remain untreated which often result in avoidable bilateral tubal occlusion that prevents conception.

Why are we looking for funding?

With the exception of the WHO, few NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa are prioritising or funding infertility efforts or initiatives even though more than 30% of women aged 25–49 suffer from secondary infertility, the failure to conceive after an initial first pregnancy.

What is the funding for?

Dimbayaa’s objective is to improve general access to women’s sexual health care and ultimately reduce the chances of infertility among Gambian women by setting up and developing a program of reproductive health education initiatives that will improve, enrich and empower women’s lives in The Gambia.

How will we make a difference?

Dimbayaa believe that by educating and empowering the Kanyaleng, we can make an immediate and sustainable contribution to women’s health care in The Gambia.

We will offer a comprehensive women’s health education program for the Kanyaleng that will empower them with the knowledge and educational materials needed to discuss family planning, contraception, STDs and safe sex with the main goals of providing better health, life expectancy and well-being for the women and young girls of The Gambia.

Who are the Kanyaleng?

The Kanyaleng women’s support groups play a special role in Gambian society and there are Kanyaleng groups in all rural villages and urban areas. Kanyaleng are childless women united by their reproductive difficulties either struggling with infertility or child mortality.

Any unique advantages of working with the Kanyaleng?

The Kanyaleng are fluent in all local languages and having already broken through all of the sexual barriers and taboos, they are established, well known and respected as the local experts on women’s issues within their areas.

Is the project sustainable?

The Kanyaleng are public figures and are traditionally always hired to perform at social gatherings and family celebrations such as weddings and naming ceremonies. They raise collections and accept charity for their advice and efforts.

Sponsor Help us to further develop and expand our infertility prevention, awareness and treatment program. Sponsor IUI or IVF treatments for childless women in the Gambia or sponsor our reproductive health outreach educational programs.

Volunteer Share your time, experience or expertise with us. Fertility professionals, doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, social workers, counselors and anybody experienced with working in the sector of infertility or women’s health is very welcome at Dimbayaa.

Donate Help us fundraising, donate money or supplies. We are in need of educational materials, laboratory equipment, microscopes, incubators, fertility drugs, ovulation tests and medical supplies and equipment such as an ultrasound and x ray machine.

Promote Partner with us online. Help us spread the word about our campaign to address the overlooked problem of infertility in Africa. Mention us on different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

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