…AS ESGN holds Endo March 2018 against Endometriosis
By Sola Ogundipe
Are you a married couple challenged by infertility? Do you have a compelling story to tell about your infertility? Are you aware of Assisted Reproduction Technology, ART, but unable to pay for the treatment due to high cost?
If you answer yes to all these questions, then you are qualified to enter for the 2018 edition of the free fertility treatment programme for couples, organised by the Fertility Treatment Support Foundation, FTSF.
The initiative has potential of allowing more couples enjoy the joy of parenthood. A Trustee of the Foundation Dr. Abayomi Ajayi who is the Medical Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, Abuja and Asaba, along with an Executive Member, FTSF, Mr. Onuora Molokwu, said 20 deserving couples each with a compelling infertility story but are unable to pay for the treatment will be offered full treatment this year.
Last year five couples were selected by the Foundation to receive free treatment. From this number, two have confirmed pregnancies while one is scheduled to have a pregnancy test this week. Two of the couples are, Mr Soyemi & Mrs Mr & Mrs Eshiet “This year, we are planning to do 80 free screenings, from where we will select five couples every quarter, making a total of 20 for the year that will qualify for free treatment,” Molokwu noted.
He said the high cost of fertility treatment all over the world has remained a challenge for many fertility challenged couples and denied them opportunity of accessing fertility treatment and the joy of completing their families.
Molokwu said FTSF was encouraged by the results from previous interventions of free fertility treatment since inception in 2008 which has resulted in over 150 couples receiving free fertility screening and treatment.
The FTSF commenced operations as a non-profit organization in 2008 with a mandate to provide free fertility screening and treatment to couples with a compelling infertility story, but are financially challenged.
Interested couples are to visit the FTSF website or its social media handles to receive information on how to qualify for the free treatment programme.
Endo March 2018 activities
Meanwhile, in line with its relentless pursuit to create awareness about Endometriosis, the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, ESGN, is holding the 2018 Endo March in Lagos.
Founder and Spokesperson for the Group, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, described endometriosis as a debilitating condition which affects 1 in 10 women.
Ajayi ssys, “it is characterized by late diagnosis as most physicians tend to miss it. We are bringing a message of hope to sufferers, new technologies and treatments are becoming available to manage the condition.
“On March 10, 2018, we will have our annual Endo March, a walk to drive awareness about the condition in Lagos. We will commence at 7am from City Mall, Onikan through Awolowo road to Muri Okunola Park.”
Ajayi said the Diamond Woman initiative would be supporting the walk as it has done during the past four years.
“Every year, we try to ensure that our Lagos Endo March is celebrated in commemoration of the International Women’s Day. This year, ESGN is partnering with the German Endometriosis Scientific Research Foundation to help increase awareness among medical practitioners about advancements in the management of endometriosis.
A special edition of the Physicians Round Table is billed for 12th of April 2018 at the Civic Centre. The roundtable is Nordica’s annual medical conference usually in March and dedicated to endometriosis.
Other activities lined up include the Secondary Schools Essay Competition. Twice the number of schools that participated in the competition last year have been invited.
Winners of the essay competition will be awarded a cash prize and plaque at the Endo Gala slated for April 14, 2018 at the Civic Centre, Lagos. Also slated for this year’s activities is the ESGN Picture Contest.
“This is the first time we will be introducing this to our scope of activities. The winner of this contest will become an ambassador for ESGN from the date of being crowned till our next year’s event.”