Ghana president - Join Hands and Win Battle Against Stigmatisation of Infertility

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to First Ladies of fellow African countries, policymakers 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.

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