The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has appealed to First Ladies of fellow African countries, policy makers and healthcare practitioners to join hands and win the battle against the stigmatisation of females with infertility.

With the World Health Organisation indicating that 186 million around the world suffering from either primary or secondary infertility, and with 50% of cases of a couple’s inability to conceive caused by infertility in men, the President stated that the economic, psychological and social-cultural burdens “fall disproportionately on women”.

Speaking on Tuesday, 29th October, 2019, at the 6th Edition of the Merck Africa Asia Luminary, held at the Kempinksi Hotel, Accra, the President stated that “from being abandoned, depressed, humiliated, insulted, maltreated and stigmatised, women suffer the most”.

It is estimated in Cote d’Ivoire, for example, that 26% of infertile women, compared with 3% of fertile women, have never been married. In Ethiopia, it is said that 85% of childless marriages end in divorce in 5 years. In Tanzania, “a childless widow may not inherit her husband’s wealth”. In South Africa, a survey conducted revealed higher levels of anxiety, depression and anger amongst infertile women.

In Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stated that “a woman who is infertile risks being treated as an outcast, and having her marriage ending. These cases, I believe, are not peculiar to these countries only, but are also representative of the unfortunate situation prevailing on the continent. It must end.” Read more…

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