Here at IVFbabble, we know only so well the importance of frank talk and accurate information about fertility options
That’s why it has been so crucial for us to launch IVFBabble Africa. We want people dealing with infertility in Africa to have a central database, support center, and resource for issues and news around fertility treatments and options.
We know that the 54 different countries (and thousands of ethnic and language groups) in Africa are each unique and have their own concerns. That’s why we plan to include articles and information from all around the Continent with the support and expert knowledge of leading consultants in this field.
There are increasing numbers of people facing the pain and heartache of infertility. This means that there are more women and men than ever who need the help and support of IVFBabble Africa.
Women are often blamed for infertility
Of course, circumstances vary for different people and different cultures. But in many African communities, a woman’s worth can be tied to her ability to have a healthy baby. That’s devastating for the estimated 15% of reproductive-aged couples around the world.
Infertility isn’t just about the inability to have a child
Secondary infertility, the inability to have a second child, also affects many people. A 2004 WHO study showed that more than 30% of women aged 25–49 suffer from secondary infertility in sub-Saharan Africa. And even though male infertility is the issue in around 50% of cases, the blame and social burden often falls on women’s shoulders.
Dr Mahmoud Fathalla, former director of the WHO’s Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, explains that this can have repercussions for women. “When a couple is unable to reproduce, the man may divorce his wife or take another wife if they live in a culture that permits polygamy.”
In addition to divorce and polygamy, women who cannot conceive often face social stigma, abandonment, isolation, and even violence
Rita Sembuya is the founder of the Joyce Fertility Support Centre in Uganda. She explains how women who use her services face agonising hardship. “Our culture demands that, for a woman to be socially acceptable, she should have at least one biological child. Almost all cultures across Africa put an emphasis on women having children … marriage without children is considered as a failure of the two individuals.”
Even though the issue is of high importance, the care and prevention of infertility is often neglected or placed on a low priority
IVFBabble Africa is committed to providing honest, accurate, and supportive information to people across the Continent. We look forward to helping people gain access to the right information to help start or grow their families