NGAAF advocates for better reproductive health services to diagnose, treat endometriosis

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 12:56 | By
NGAAF CEO Roy Sasaka Telewa.
NGAAF CEO Roy Sasaka Telewa. PHOTO/@Roysasaka/X

The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) is advocating for better reproductive health services in the country to help early diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

While mourning the anti-endo warrior Njambi Koikai who succumbed to the illness on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, while receiving treatment, NGAAF said that the Ministry of Heath should address endometriosis a condition which affects one in 10 women of reproductive age, and ensure they receive better care.

“Endometriosis is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, causing severe pain and complications that affect their day-to-day lives. There is a need for better reproductive health services to diagnose and treat this illness ensuring women receive the care they need,” NGAAF said.

NGAAF CEO Roy Sasaka Telewa. PHOTO/@Roysasaka/X

NGAAF went further and disclosed its partnership with all the 47 Woman Representatives to create awareness about menstrual hygiene and health adding that their efforts have been fundamental in addressing challenges faced by women in reproductive education, illness and treatment.

“Menstrual health and hygiene continue to be shunned upon topic the society @NGAAF_KE in partnership with the 47 Woman Representatives remain committed to raising awareness about menstrual health and hygiene by providing free sanitary towels to school going girls countrywide “ NGAAF disclosed.

“Their efforts have been crucial in addressing the challenges faced by women in accessing proper healthcare and education on reproductive illnesses such as endometriosis.”


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), endometriosis happens when tissues that are similar to the linen of the uterus grow outside the uterus which leads to inflammation and scar tissue in the pelvic region.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition and can start early as the first period and last until menopause. Globally, 190 million women and girls of reproductive age are affected.

Roy Sasaka Telewa CEO NGAAF. PHOTO/@Roysasaka/X


The common symptom of endometriosis is pain which can be chronic and may be most noticeable during periods. Other symptoms include heavy periods, constipation, nausea, bloating and fatigue.

The symptoms often look like other conditions which makes diagnosing it a challenge.

Side effects

Endometriosis can take a big toll physically and emotionally. It can lead to depression and other mental health conditions or difficulty in getting pregnant.

For now, there is no cure but there are treatments that can relieve symptoms.

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