BEAM in infertility sensitization drive

Blantyre, Special Advisor to the First Lady, Madame Gertrude Mutharika on Health and Planning under Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust, Emma Mabvumbe has cautioned communities against discriminating men and women associated with infertility condition in the country.

Speaking during sensitization meetings on infertility in Thyolo and Mulanje on Tuesday, Mabvumbe said 85 percent of infertility cases are reversible considering that most of such happen due to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), low sperm count and abortions which could be easily treated with early diagnosis.

Quite often, infertility is repairable only if the person affected accesses medical attention in time. As such, I urge those affected with the condition to go to any clinic for medical service and be treated from the condition; thereby, enabling them to conceive and give birth just like any other person, Mabvumbe said.

Even if the couple is not blessed with kids after seeking medical help that is not the end of life. Remember, women are more than mothers and they deserve respect at all times, she said.

Mabvumbe, therefore, urged communities to desist from ridiculing men and women who have the condition so that they can freely participate in any developmental activities taking place in their respective areas.

It is sad that those affected are ridiculed by the communities and have no chance to participate in any developmental activities. This is bad. Let us stop stigma and discrimination against people associated with infertility, she advised.

Mabvumbe disclosed that BEAM has so far reached out to communities in Mulanje, Thyolo and Blantyre with infertility messages and that plans are underway to send the message across to other districts.

In her remarks, Traditional Authority Chikumbu said the problem of infertility is huge in the area, thanking BEAM for raising awareness about the condition in the area.

This message is relevant to my subjects and I urge those with the condition to visit the hospital for medical attention. In addition, I do not want to see a person mocking anyone because he or she has no child, Chikumbu said.

BEAM partnered with MERCK Foundation on the infertility sensitization campaign. It is working with the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as well as Ministry of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology to carry out the awareness.

Last month, Mutharika launched the sensitization campaign around infertility in Lilongwe.

Source: MANA Online