Infertility in Kenya is quite rampant and an impairment in the active African society. According to latest research by Aga Khan University Hospital, shows every one in 4 to 8 women visiting a gynecologist in Kenya today has some difficulty in conceiving.
Childless women in Kenya suffer discrimination, stigma and even ostracism, such that women feel isolated in family get-together and may fail to participate in family talks regarding children for fear of ridicule and criticism. They are burdened with deep disappointments for they are considered and talked about as cursed and may bear with extra marital relationships that their husbands tend to have if not being divorced.
Kenya being a low income country, infertility prevention and care is not given the required attention and interest when it comes to health issues.
Fertility treatments are not covered by medical insurance covers offered, and this treatment is very expensive in hospitals offering this services. A common cause of infertility includes;
- Infrequent or failure to ovulate
- Problem with transport of sperms
- Blocked tubes mainly due to previous sex infections
- Advancement in age especially after age of 35yrs for women
- When couples postponed child bearing due to careers
Women suffering from infertility can benefit from fertility drugs to promote ovulation, insemination of sperms into uterus, surgery to correct blocked fallopian tubes problems and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) sometimes referred to as test tube babies.
Brief description of the project
According to UNDP policies relating to reproductive health, good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby. It is against this background that Fertility Kenya proposes to implement Monthly Awareness Events & Women meetings Project; this initiative will kick start in Nairobi and later replicated in other adjoining 10 counties in the country whose prevalence rate of infertility are high. Through incorporating social media to interact with stakeholders, allowing people give feed back to the organization or institutions and express opinions through numerous channels. It also seeks to use T.V programs and Radio to increase its visibility and thus accomplish its objective. Fertility Kenya has worked closely with several other hospitals like Mediheal hospital, Nairobi West, Nairobi IVF, ANKH, Kenyatta National hospitals among others to offer quality and affordable fertility treatment. It is in line with UNFPA works to ensure sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, comprehensive sexuality education and maternal health services are promoted.