Women’s Health in The Gambia, West Africa
Dimbayaa is raising awareness of women’s health issues and striving to improve access to health care information and services for the women of The Gambia in the fields of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Infertility.
At Africmed Clinic in Brusubi, The Gambia we have developed a program for fertility care. We offer counseling, standardized diagnosis and treatment currently being ovulation induction (OVI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). In the future we hope to further develop and expand our range of fertility treatments to cryopreservation (freezing) of semen and low cost IVF.
We strongly believe educations and prevention should also be part of our program. Demystifying the causes and creating awareness on fertility on the one hand, and primary prevention; sexual education of young people on how to avoid STD’s, as well as secondary prevention; early and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of STD’s, on the other hand.
Women’s Health Issues In The Gambia
Sexual and reproductive health involves topics such as female genital mutilation, sexually transmitted diseases, child mortality, and also infertility. Infertility prevention and care often remain neglected public health issues in Africa.
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Infertility in the Gambia
WHO demographic studies from 2004 have shown that in sub-Sharan Africa, more than 30% of women aged 25-49 suffer from secondary infertility, the inability to conceive after an initial pregnancy. Thus effecting tens of thousands of women in the Gambia.
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The Impact of Infertility On Women In Gambia
In the Gambia, the inability to conceive is often considered a personal tragedy as well as a curse for the couple, impacting on the entire family and local community. In addition to the personal grief, infertility can lead to stigma, economic hardship, social isolation, or even violence.
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Infertility is often thought to be caused by a curse or interference of spirits. Infertility is not considered a medical problem but causes, and therefore also remedies, are sought in the spiritual world. These may include prayer, spiritual healing, and herbal remedies.
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Dimbayaa – What we do
Dimbayaa is committed to provide all the primary and ancillary services related to infertility counseling, diagnosis and treatment to the people of The Gambia. We strongly believe education and prevention should also be part of our program.
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The Stigma of Angels
British filmmaker Jane Labous documented the taboos faced by Senegalese women when it comes to infertility.
Infertility affects thousands of women across Senegal, yet the subject is deeply taboo. In this beautiful short documentary, Jane Labous meets those fighting societal pressures in this West African country, where the infertile are said to be affected by les anges (‘bad spirits’) and where a new generation of career women is leaving it later to have children.
The Kanyaleng Women’s Groups of The Gambia
The Kanyaleng are women who all know the agony of infertility or child mortality. Kanyaleng are excellent singers, dancers and drummers and are known for their bold acting and ridicule.
Kanyaleng membership is a useful coping strategy. The solidarity of women of the same village or community, united by their struggles to meet standard of womanhood as mothers, and the pressure society puts on them, create strong support networks. Furthermore membership helps them improve their long term status, both social and economic.
In the future we hope to work very closely with the Kanyaleng in our educational outreach programs that will cover infertility and related topics such as FMG, STD’s and child marriage.
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How can you help?
Volunteer Share your time, experience or expertise with us. Get involved in our fertility program or help us further develop our outreach programs on working with and involving local women’s groups such as the Kanyaleng. Click here for more information on our Volunteering
Donate Help us fundraising, donate money or supplies. Help us to realize our dream to become the first clinic in the Gambia that offers not only OVI and IUI but also Cryopreservation (freezing) of semen as well as Low Cost IVF. Click here for more information on Donating
Sponsor Sponsor IUI or IVF treatments for childless women in the Gambia or sponsor our reproductive health outreach educational programs. .Click here for more information on Sponsoring
Promote Help us spread the word about our campaign to address the overlooked problem of infertility in Africa. Partner with us online. Mention us on different social media platforms. Click here for more information on Promoting
Invest Help us start up our Walking Egg Low Cost IVF centre. Mild stimulation protocols in combination with the simplified culture system can masively reduce the costs of IVF yet guarantee safety and effectivety. This will make this program attractive not only for Gambian couples, but also those from the region as well as beyond. Click here for more information on Investing