MESSAGE FROM THE C.E.O

I welcome you to the website of the Association of Childless Couples of Ghana (ACCOG), a non-faith based NGO Nanasupporting people living with infertility in Ghana and beyond. The name ACCOG has been discussed thoroughly and maintained instead of the usual “nice” names like “Osei’s Foundation” etc. as a way of helping to solve the high stigma on infertility/childlessness in Ghana. It is our hope that very soon, our work will help demystify beliefs associated with infertility/childlessness so that people can freely discuss their problems with family members, friends, colleagues, religious leaders etc. when they are confronted with infertility. We are of the opinion that people are childless but not infertile (barren, unfruitful, sterile, unproductive, infecund, fruitless) since everyone can have a child these days when and if given the necessary support. To be childless simply means to be without an issue or a child.

ACCOG Launch Gallery

By the grace of God, the launch of the Association of Childless Couples of Ghana(ACCOG) came off as scheduled on Monday August 20, 2012 at the Trade Fair Centre, Accra.
The following were the highlights of the programme:

Rev. Isaac K. Asante-Agyei of Baptist Convention who is the author of “Ministering to Childless Couples” spoke on “God’s Healing power”.
Mr. Benjamin Akonu Otoo, Greater Accra Regional Director spoke on “Adoption Procedures” on behalf of the Director for Department of Social Welfare, Mr. S. T. Adongo, using The Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560) to support his presentation.
Dr. James Boachie, a Specialist Obstetrician Gynecologist touched on “Causes of Childlessness” and Assisted Reproductive Technologies(IVF, Artificial Insemination etc.) and also provided the way out as to how couples can have children.
Rev. Osei Yaw Danquah, who represented the Chairman of Christ Apostolic Church, Apostle S. K. Amoani and Pastor Samuel Otu Appiah who was also there on behalf of Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, President of the Ghana Pentecostal Council(GPC) and Chairman of The Church of Pentecost took turns to chair the occasion. They assured the group of the support of the church.
The keynote address was delivered by Ms. Mariama Yayah, the Acting Director of Department of Children under the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs(MOWAC) on behalf of the Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah. She also congratulated the founding members of ACCOG and assured them of the total support of the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs. She said MOWAC would collaborate with ACCOG. She performed the launch.
A founding member of ACCOG, Nana Yaw Osei, read the history behind the establishment of ACCOG and also explained the objectives.
Elder Seth Yaw Peasah of Ho Bethel Prayer Centre of The Church of Pentecost led the group in prayers and also raised some funds to support the activities of the group.

Media Reports for first National Conference. 

The Walking Egg (tWE) in Ghana

The first National Conference on Infertility which was organised by the Association of Childless Couples of Ghana (ACCOG) in collaboration with the Church of Pentecost took place at the Pentecost Convention Centre in Accra on 15th March 2014. The Chief Executive Officer of ACCOG, Nana Yaw Osei, spoke on the vision, mission and objectives of ACCOG. He also addressed some issues (religious, ethical, legal, etc.) surrounding donor gamete and surrogacy using a study on divorce he conducted from the records of the Judicial Service which indicated that more than 50% of the couples seeking for divorce in Accra do not have children between them. He said, he believed if childless couples were assisted psychologically and to successfully go through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IUI, IVF & ICSI), the divorce rate in the country could go down. Other speakers included Prof. A. T. Odoi, Prof. Willem Ombelet who came to Ghana for the first time with the Director of the Walking Egg, Mr. Jan Goossens, and Prof. Opoku Onyinah who chaired the programme.

See How the Conference was reported in the media:

http://www.modernghana.com/news/529838/1/infertility-conference-attracts-over-1500.html

http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/19539-infertility-conference-attracts-over-1-500.html

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/03/17/Infertility_Conference_Attracts_Over_1500/

http://news.peacefmonline.com/pages/news/201403/193072.php

http://www.ghheadlines.com/agency/daily-graphic/20140317/596305/infertility-conference-attracts-over-1-500

http://www.ghananation.com/news/51058-infertility-conference-attracts-over-1-500.html

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/artikel.php?ID=303566

http://www.kontactor.com/tags/infertility/article/20140317162130.infertility-conference-attracts

http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/accog-allays-fears-of-childless-couples-72189

http://www.thewalkingegg.com/news/88

http://thenotmom.com/new-hope-for-ghanas-childless-adults-the-walking-egg-project/

2nd National Conference: 

The Walking Egg (tWE) in Ghana

The Chief Executive Officer of ACCOG, Nana Yaw Osei, gave the history about how tWE came into Ghana. He said he was conducting his research on fertility/infertility using the internet as one of his tools when he came across an article online in May 2013 which spoke about the affordable method. He contacted Prof. Willem Ombelet who is the President of TWE and the relationship began. Apart from Belgium, the country of origin, the next country in the world which has the technology now is Ghana. He also addressed some issues (religious, ethical, legal, etc.) surrounding donor gamete and surrogacy and called on all stakeholders to work with ACCOG in order to come out with appropriate laws on ARTs and Surrogacy.

 

Prof Ombelet explained that the new method, which was introduced in 2012, has so far led to the successful delivery of many healthy children in Belgium.

He said the technology was now available and accessible to all interested couples in Ghana. He thanked ACCOG and its management for the hard work they did within the two (2) of coming into contact with them before the method was introduced into Ghana. He said without the personal involvement of the CEO, Nana Yaw Osei, TWE’s work may not have reached this far.

Other speakers like Dr. Patrick Aboagye of the Ghana Heath Service who represented the Minister for Health, Lawyer Vivian Bless Tomey of Legal Assistance Network, Mr. George Afrifa, Manager of Pentecost Hospital, Sheikh Armiyao Shuaib, member of the Advisory Board of the National Chief Imam and Apostle Nene Ahorlu Ofoe Amegatcher who chaired the occasion all spoke about the importance of getting appropriate laws on ARTs and Surrogacy for Ghana in the light of recent events in the country and to safeguard the lives of patrons.

This year’s conference, held on the theme: “The Walking Egg at your Doorstep” was attended by mostly couples and individuals without children.

See How the Conference was reported in the media: 

http://graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/42387-association-launches-affordable-ivf-fertility-programme.html

http://news.peacefmonline.com/pages/news/201504/240062.php?storyid=100&#commentsread

http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/gender-ministry-to-develop-policy-on-sale-of-sperms/

http://www.myghanaonline.com/1.3237013

http://m.gbcghana.com/1.3237013

 

 


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