For ten years the Fertility Treatment Support Foundation (FTSF) has been offering free support treatment to couples with fertility challenges of different magnitude.
So, for Vivienne Esiet 33, 2017 would remain evergreen in her life as she became one of the five beneficiaries who received the free treatment and is now expecting her baby.
“The journey to be a mother started five year ago. I never knew I would have to wait for five years but I know God has His reasons for everything”, said Vivienne.
“My journey so far, has been an uneasy one and I must say, it’s been God all through’, she told Healthstyleplus Online.
According to the self-employed graduate, her encounter with FTSF was accidental through a concerned friend who connected her to the free-treatment promotion in January, 2017 via Instagram; and after a conversation with her husband, both agreed to tell their compelling story which is a criterion to enter into the competition.
“My husband and I have had it in mind to go for IVF after we had visited the hospital, taken a whole lot of drugs and even done a lot of other things.
“The outcome has always been to go for IVF but then, the fund was the issue.
“But while we were still at it, this program came up last year and we both agreed to go for it. We believed it was God who brought the advert to us and He has plans for us. So, we took it up and registered”, she said.
Like she said, the journey to conception has really not been an easy task. It was at the third cycle of treatment that the couple’s expectation came to fruition.
Vivienne in tears of joy attributed the success to “the God factor in everything”.
She dismissed the many insinuations that assisted conception is about man playing God saying, “True, many people go through the IVF process only to come out to deny it; but I believe God has His own plans and no one can deny God’s factor even if they pretend.
‘There is really no big deal about IVF because the doctors did not do any extra ordinary thing except to help fertilize the egg outside the womb and place it back into the womb. It’s still God who makes the egg turns to a baby”, affirms Vivienne.
And so, for the 2018 edition, 20 Fertility challenged couples who are able to scale the hurdles of telling compelling stories about themselves will equally be getting free slots for fertility treatment courtesy the Fertility Treatment Support Foundation (FTSF).
Announcing the take-off of the 2018 edition of the programme in Lagos, Trustee of the Foundation and Medical Director Nordica Fertility Centre, Dr Abayomi Ajayi said the 2018 edition of the free fertility treatment is in the spirit of supporting Nigerian couples who desire to have babies of their own but are challenged by resources to foot the bill of accessing treatment.
According to Ajayi the recent economic recession coupled with high exchange rates have continued to add up to the challenges faced by many fertility-challenged couples.
“It would only be fair to help humanity especially couples who are fertility challenged to complete their desire to have their own children.
“ So, regardless of the cost, we are committed to help contribute our own quota to give joy to those whose desire remains to carry their own babies because God has made it possible for us to do so”, said Abayomi Ajayi.
Also speaking at the event, Executive Director, Onuora Molokwu, harped that the Foundation is encouraged by the results from its previous interventions since its inception in 2008 which has resulted in over 150 couples receiving free fertility screening and treatment.
He enjoined interested couples to visit the foundation’s website or its social media handles to receive more information on how to qualify for the free treatment programme.
Molokwu equally appealed to other well-meaning individuals and corporations to join hands with FTSF to support the initiative which he believes has the potential of allowing many more couples enjoy the joy of parenthood.
Last year it embarked on its annual call for entries and got five (5) couples to receive free treatment. From this number, two (2) of them have confirmed pregnancies while one is still scheduled to have a pregnancy test.
“This year, we are planning to do eighty (80) free screenings, from where we will select five (5) couples every quarter, making a total of twenty (20) for the year that will qualify for free treatment”, avered Molokwu.