Dimbayaa in The Point Newspaper


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Infertility (Childlessness) In Women  &  the Impact of Infertility in Africa


The problem of infertility (unwanted childlessness) has long been a neglected health issue for many organizations working in Africa. Yet consequences of infertility in Africa can be very dramatic. In addition, in many Africa societies, the topic of infertility is often taboo and surrounded by myths. Several organizations are now addressing this problem and are trying to raise awareness and educate the public on causes of infertility and treatment possibilities.

To read the full article click Here

Dimbayaa in OneWorld.nl – Infertiliteit in de Gambiaanse Cultuur

Dimbayaa werd gevraagd een bijdrage te leveren aan OneWorld .nl door middel van een blog.

OneWorld.nl is onderdeel van het internationale OneWorld-netwerk. Doel van het netwerk is om te informeren over internationale samenwerking en duurzaamheidsvraagstukken, om handvatten en inspiratie te bieden aan geïnteresseerden die de wereld rechtvaardiger en schoner willen maken, en om de discussie over deze thema’s te stimuleren.

Deel twee van het drieluik over het probleem van infertiliteit in Afrika: De heilige krokodillenpoel Katchikaly helpt bij onvruchtbaarheid

Women’s Health Care Volunteers In Africa

In West Africa one in three couples are infertile, yet infertility remains a low-priority issue for women’s health organisations working in the region.

Dimbayaa strives to bridge this ‘infertility divide’ by delivering infertility awareness and prevention initiatives that will address the medical, financial, social and emotional problems of African women tortured by the silent agony of childlessness.

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

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. Follow the link for more info on our volunteer jobs and voluntary work in Africa

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.

Dimbayaa in het nieuws; OneWorld.nl

OneWorld.nl is de grootste Nederlandse journalistieke website over de wereld en jou.

OneWorld bestaat sinds december 2011 en is het resultaat van een fusie tussen IS (Internationale Samenwerking), OnzeWereld en www.oneworld.nl.

Dimbayaa kreeg de kans in een drieluik meer te vertellen over de impact van infertiliteit in Afrikaanse gemeenschappen en  de manier waarop vrouwen in Gambia hiermee omgaan.

Anja van Daatselaar schreef de eerste blog ‘De tranen van isatou’


First Lady of the Gambia Appointed ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Ambassador

During the launch of Merck foundation Egypt H.E. Madame Fatoumata Bah Barrow accepted to be a Merck More Than a Mother ambassador.

These very influential women will also be “Merck more than a Mother” champions to empower infertile women through access to information, health & change of mindset in their countries & Africa.

To watch her speech follow the link  here

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation manage The Population and Reproductive Health program and are committed to promoting reproductive health and rights, with a focus on high quality information and services.

We place a special emphasis on engaging and serving youth, and believe that young people have the best potential for building and sustaining a movement of change.

Quality sexual and reproductive health information and services are fundamental to everyone’s health and well-being, particularly women and youth.

We aim to:

  • Improve the quality of comprehensive sexuality education, voluntary contraception, and abortion care.
  • Strengthen service delivery, build leadership and advocacy capacity, and shift social and cultural norms to allow women and youth to make their own reproductive health care decisions.
  • Forge partnerships with global research and advocacy organizations, especially networks led by youth, and to create positive and effective messages about reproductive health and rights at the regional and global levels.

People all over the world—particularly women and youth—lack access to quality reproductive health care. Millions of women want, but cannot get, modern contraceptives. Far too many girls under the age of 18 marry and begin bearing children.

The number of young in the world is at an all-time high, and most of them do not receive the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need and want. Gender inequity, societal norms, culture wars, and the priorities of policy makers all contribute these disparities.

For over fifty years, the Packard Foundation has been committed to helping find solutions to these pressing problems:

  • 214 million women have an unmet need for contraception
  • 1 in 4 of the world’s population—1.8 billion—are youth ages 10 to 24
  • 21.6 million women have unsafe abortions each year
  • 37,000 child marriages take place every day

Despite these challenges, it is possible to provide quality reproductive health services and information.

Advances in contraceptive and communications technology enable us to reach even the most vulnerable communities. Our grantees are working with a growing youth population to empower the next generation to lead the way and find more solutions. And pioneering research helps us understand how best to support advocates and innovative programs around the world. We are committed to making quality reproductive health care a reality.

Follow the link for more info on David and Lucile Packard Foundation grants and funds

Planned Parenthood – Advancing Global Health

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits.

Today, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

Planned Parenthood – Advancing Global Health

For many individuals around the world, access to vital reproductive and sexual health care and information is blocked — by poverty, a lack of basic services, or politics and war.

Planned Parenthood works with local partners in Africa and Latin America to overcome these barriers by increasing access to health care and education where they nurture local leadership, foster sustainable health and education programs, and fight for legal, social, and political improvements in communities around the world.

Planned Parenthood Global also advocates for sound U.S. foreign policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of individuals and families globally.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America is also a founding member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, based in London.

Low Cost IVF & IUI Fertility Treatment For Women In Africa

Safe Haven Gambia Fertility March 2017

Skye Bank Gambia limited in partnership with The Gambia’s Safe Haven Foundation held an Infertility Awareness campaign on 14th October 2017, with a walk from Traffic lights along Kairaba Avenue to West field monument.

Safe Haven has a vision to ensure the Gambian community has increase awareness on misconceptions surrounding issues of infertility and to help create a platform for women to share experiences with a view to getting the required help, guidance and counselling from experts in the area.

The event that was characterized by dancing and singing from members of the foundation and staff of Skye Bank Gambia was fully supported by Skye Bank Gambia under the leadership of their Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Adedoyin Adegbulugbe.

He said childlessness is terrible enough for a woman not to talk of the additional pressures, name-calling and  stigmatization and victimization from in-laws, family, friends and society. He said the objective of Skye Bank in this course is to support Safe Haven Foundation to change the mindset of the people from victims  stigmatization to focusing on resolving the issue and also encouraging and standing by the victims while the situations lasts.

The purpose of the Safe Haven Campaign is to create public awareness about infertility issues, how to get help and advocacy against stigmatization and/or victimization of people with infertility issues.

The walk is a symbol of walking with and standing by people with infertility issues as Safe Haven Foundation believes no one with infertility challenges should walk alone.

To read the article in the Point newspaper on the event click here: Skye Bank partakes in Infertility Awareness Campaign


Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women’s rights

Women have fought long and hard to secure access to family planning and abortion, and reduce maternal mortality. A modern timeline of that struggle tells a story full of highs and lows

Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades.

It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part.

Sexual health and reproductive rights remain the most contentious issue, with many women unable to control when and if they have children, or how many. Great strides have been made to reduce maternal and child deaths, increase access to family planning, and improve healthcare. But it has, and continues to be, a battle to hold firm the ground gained.

Follow the link for the full article