Over 20 African First Ladies meet in Ghana for high level discussions on healthcare Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

At least 20 African First Ladies on Tuesday met in Accra, the capital of Ghana, for high level discussions around healthcare.

The First Ladies discussed the challenges of “building healthcare capacity” in Africa and the lingering stigma around female infertility.

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The initiative was co-Chaired by Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of Ghana and the controversial operative Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana was in attendance.

Over 20 African First Ladies and Ministers of Health, Gender, and Education from fifty eight countries around the world with majority coming from Africa also attended the event.

The discussions also brought to the fore issues, challenges and solutions of breaking the stigma around Women living with infertility.

Mrs. Buhari shared with the panel and the audience the Nigerian Infertile Women’s experience and what she had done and is still doing through her foundation Aisha Buhari Foundation and pet project Future Assured to help curb the stigmatization, depression and abuse, as well as bring awareness, access to information, Health, and ultimately change of mind-sets.

The Aisha Buhari Foundation had also specifically identified and empowered more than 200 infertile Women within this period in addition to offering them medical treatment for fertility and providing them with counselling.

Aisha Buhari used the opportunity to call on African societies to desist from the mindset which tend to see Women’s infertility as an abnormal condition and the associated stigmatization and abuse that usually characterize such situation that is capable of being addressed through medical healthcare and modern science.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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