Merck continues their commitment for the second year to empower infertile women in Uganda through improving access to information, health, change of mind-set and economic empowerment.
Through ‘Empowering Berna’, Merck in partnership with Uganda Ministry of Health inaugurated small businesses that have been established this year to support infertile women across the country.
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Speaking at the event, Belén Garijo, CEO of Merck Healthcare said: Empowering these women through access to information, health, and change of mind set to remove the stigma of infertility is needed. We will continue our commitment to improve access to regulated and effective fertility care in Africa.
“In Africa including Uganda,More often an inability to have a child or to become pregnant results in the woman being greatly isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This sometimes also results in divorce or physical and psychological violence. I am glad to see an initiative that addresses this challenge in the public domain in Africa” said, Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health, Uganda.
According to the World Health Organization, lower levels of development are thought to be associated with higher levels of non-genetic and preventable causes of infertility such as poor nutrition, untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unsafe abortion, consequence of infections caused by the practice of female genital mutilation, exposure to smoking and to leaded petrol and other environmental pollutants.
Over 1,000 infertile women in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, CAR, Ethiopia, Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire who can no longer be treated have been empowered socially and economically to lead independent and happier lives through ‘Empowering Berna’.