By Prudence Minayo
“ Children are living messages we send to a time we will not see,” John F Kennedy.
Most couples’ greatest joy is having their own biological child/ children. Unfortunately, it is disconcerting that thousands of couples have for a long time suffered from the stigma of infertility. A 2011 study by Aga Khan Hospital shows that at least 2 million Kenyans suffer from infertility. It has led to marriage break-ups, depression, kidnapping, discrimination and fruitless visit to traditional doctors.
However, there is a new dawn for these couples in Kenya. A number of fertility centers have emerged and are offering a solution. The state of the art clinics are helping people around Kenya with assisted reproduction technology, such as, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), surgery, IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI). Kenyans no longer have to travel to South Africa, USA or UK to be assisted. The clinics are:
Nairobi IVF Centre Ltd
It was established in 2004 and was the first hospital in Kenya to offer fertility services. The clinic offers gynecologist services, surrogacy programs and treatments for infertility disorders. Overseas patients are welcomed and accommodation is provided for them. Assisted reproductive services include; IVF, gestational surrogacy, assisted hatching, embryo freezing and storage, embryo hatching, sperm analysis and storage, egg and sperm donations, pre- implantation genetic screening (PGs), ICSI, IUI and blastocyst culture.
Address: Landmark Plaza, Argwings Kodhek Rd, Nairobi.
Phone: 020 273 1982
Surrogate Mother Kenya
With over 10 years experience and high success rates, this is one of the best places to find a surrogate. This is arguably the best way to have a baby without putting the biological mother at risk. The clinic also offers affordable IVF treatment plans and egg donations.
Address: Mwai Drive, Lower Kabete Rd, Nairobi
Phone: +91 84477 30205
Wings IVF Centre
The hospital started in India and now operates at the heart of Nairobi. They have over 12,000 live births in IVF over the last nine years. The hospital’s soothing modern architecture is designed to provide quality care with comfort and privacy. The professional team is also committed to the mother’s emotional needs and that of the family. Services offered include: IVF, DNA fragmentation tests, PGS, ICSI, male infertility and Embryo freeze.
Adress: 2nd floor, Williamson House, 4th Ngong Avenue, Nairobi
Phone: 0721 297 300
They have a pool of highly qualified and internationally trained IVF consultants and senior embryologists with proven track record in infertility treatments, such as, IVF, surgical hysterectomy, ICSL and Gynecologic Laparoscopy. Their international program offers patients the chance to speak to specialists before making travel plans.
Address: Ground floor 1 and 2 Fortis Suites, Hospital Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi
Phone: 0787 050 074
Footsteps to Fertility
They have an experienced friendly staff that works with individual clients to determine the most effective plan for an infertility problem. The patients are treated with compassion, confidentiality and comfort. Their services are: ICSI, ovulation cycle tracking and induction, frozen embryo transfer, IVF, IUI, fertility injections and drugs, embryoscope, sperm retrieval procedures, natural IVF and fertility surgery.
Address: Suite 9, Kugeria Court Ralph Bunche Rd
Phone: 0700 041 955
Mediheal Diagnostic and Fertility Centre
The hospital is one of the pioneers of IVF treatment in Kenya. Its wonderful environment and internationally trained specialists offer(s) patients quality affordable care within a comfortable environment. They offer IVF, IUI and gynecologist services.
Address: Third Parklands Ave, Nairobi
Phone: 0722 218 416
Harley Street Fertility Center
One of the newest fertility clinics offering quality services with an amazing team of specialists. Dr. Murage is one of the leading specialists. He is the chairman of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), the intern of the Kenya Fertility Association and an activist in providing affordable fertility services in Kenya.
Address: Oilibya, Muthaiga Rd, Nairobi. The center offers: IUI, IVF, donor programs and freezing of sperms, eggs and embryos.
Phone: 0722 737 293
Lifebridge Fertility Clinic
They have an experienced team of infertility specialists, Gynecologists and embryologists who do; IVF, laparoscopy, sperm retrieval, assisted hatching, surrogacy and PGS.
Address: Mwsi Drive, Lower Kabete
Phone: 0725 047 689
Kenya IVF and Fertility Research
The center welcomes people from across the globe and offer 360 degree approach to make pregnancy possible. Kenya IVF ensure all their clients leave with a satisfied smile. Their services are; IVF, egg donations, ICSI, IMSI, egg freezing and surrogacy.
Address: Woodlands Rd, Nairobi
Phone: +91 95600 99342
The Aga Khan University
The hospital has been providing exceptional service since opening their doors in 1958. Assisted Reproductive Technology is one of the areas they specialize in. Aga Khan offers IVF, IUI, laparoscopic surgery, gynae- oncology, hysteroscopic surgery, fistula surgery, uro- gynecologist and obstetrics.