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.
Help us further develop and expand our fertility treatment program.
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.
For this we are in need of an ultrasound scanning machine with vacuum pump for oocyte retrieval, a microscope chamber, incubator, counting chamber, centrifuge, liquid nitrogen containers, fertility drugs, rapid test for STD’s etc.
Please contact us for a detailed list
In the future we hope to take our fertility program out of the private clinic setting and open our own clinic that will be accessible for more people in the Gambia.
We are thinking of a small scale poli clinic in the Brufut area containing two or three consultation rooms, a treatment room with neighboring lab, pharmacy, waiting area, little conference room/library etc.
We are looking for a suitable location, gynecological beds with holders, data system and laptop, X-ray machine, fridge, furniture, disposibles etc.
Any suggestions will be taken into careful consideration
We are raising the awareness of women’s health issues and trying to improve access to health care information and services for the women of The Gambia in the fields of reproductive health and infertility.
Reproductive health issues are not discussed with adolescent girls who are the group most at risk from the main causes of infertility such as STDs and infections caused by female genital mutilation.
We aim to introduce reproductive health education to the school curriculum with teacher training, presentations and workshops.
We are looking for educational materials, posters, leaflets, pamphlets, books, a white board, etc..
We are developing outreach programs in local villages. Here we aim to work closely together with the Kanyaleng women’s groups.
Kanyaleng is the name given to the local and traditional women support groups. These are women united by their reproductive difficulties. They all have at some point of their lives, or still are struggling with infertility or child mortality. Kanyalengs often perform at public gatherings and celebrations such as weddings and naming ceremonies.
We aim to work closely with these groups and empower them with the information and materials to educate their local women on the causes and prevention of infertility.
We hope to educate and train them, provide them with the necessary educational materials and the financial means (transport, beverages etc) to posters and equipment.
Ideally we would combine this with a mobile clinic providing for early and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of STD’s that if left untreated very often lead to infertility later in life.
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.
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