Danso Foundation, a foundation that seeks to raise awareness on Benign
Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) in men, support educational development and support
to entrepreneurs in farming was on 25 November 2017 launched at the President’s
International Award Hall in Bakau.
The foundation is the brainchild of his eldest son, Mustapha Danso in honour of his father, Momodou Danso, widely known as master, due to his pedigree in the educational sector of The Gambia, was triggered when the latter in the last days of his life became a patient of enlarged prostate.
As an educationist and deeply engrained in the values and principles of education, Master embraced the idea of condition awareness of this inherent condition in men.
The stigma mostly attached to health and African society does not constitute a deterrent for Master to undergo the test for BPH and to comfortably make known his condition to family and friends.
Speaking at the launching, Mustapha Danso, said that Master Danso accomplished a lot during his life time. He described him as a loving, concerned person who cared for education.
He stated that his father suffered during the latter part of his life because the disease was not known. Mr Danso pointed out most Africans have the culture of silence, particularly with issues around the private parts.
Ba Musa Trawally, a veteran journalist and friend to Master Danso described the day as a great day for the Danso family and natives of Latrikunda.
He described Master Danso as very hard working, enterprising and was dear to people. He added that Master Danso loved his country and was always concerned about his community.
Mr Trawally thanked the Danso family for the initiative.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) simply known as enlarged prostate, is a condition in which the prostate gland grows in a form larger than its normal size.
Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the walnut-sized prostate gland surrounds the urethra (the tube leading from the bladder out through the penis) in males.
Enlarged prostate is fairly common in older men and more likely to develop with advancing age, particularly after age 40.
The rate of prevalence of BPH is about 10 percent for men in their thirties and 20 percent for men in their forties, according to a 2005 report in the journal Reviews in Urology.
It rises as high as 60 per cent for men in their sixties, and up to 80 to 90 percent for men in their seventies and eighties, according to the 2005 report.
In 2010, BPH affected 210 million men worldwide, or about 6 percent of the male population, according to a 2012 report in The Lancet.
The number of people with BPH is expected to increase significantly in the next few decades because of the growing elderly population and increasing life expectancy across the globe, according to the 2005 report.
Causes and Risk Factors
It’s not clear what causes BPH, but the condition may be the result of hormonal changes that are part of the natural aging process, according to the Urology Care Foundation. Males produce the hormones testosterone and estrogen throughout their lives, but the relative amounts of these hormones vary over time.