Dimbayaa Fertility Project in The Gambia
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. Being a childless woman in Africa is much more difficult than being a childless woman in the developed world. and can have very serious consequences, especially for the women.
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.
Our mission is to make infertility care in all its aspects; Awareness & Education, Prevention, as well as adequate Diagnosis & Treatment, available and affordable for all.
Infertility in Africa
In Africa, 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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Traditional Fertility Treatment
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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We aim to develop educational outreach programs promoting fertility awareness including low threshold mobile clinics providing for early and appropriate diagnosis and treatment of the STDs that frequently lead to infertility later on in life.
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At Africmed Clinic, Brusubi Gambia, we currently offer Ovulation induction (OVI) and Intra uterine 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 (in vitro fertilization).
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Education, counseling and guidance are all part of infertility care. Dimbayaa provides accurate counseling and offers advice and support to childless couples. In the future, we aim to train suitably qualified health professionals, councellors, doctors, nurses and social workers.
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By empowering women, health status and income levels in households and communities can improve. Women empowerment in Africa involves tackling problems such as female genital mutilation, polygamy, child mortality and also infertility.
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