Bank Gambia limited in partnership with Safe Haven Foundation based in the Gambia help an Infertility
Awareness campaign on 14th October 2017, with a walk from Traffic lights along Kairaba Avenue to West field monument. The event that was
characterized by dancing and singing from members of the foundation and staff
of Skye Bank Gambia was fully supported by Skye Bank Gambia under the
leadership of their Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Adedoyin Adegbulugbe.
The event which was first ever Infertility campaign in the history of The Gambia was attended by senior management staff of Skye Bank , namely Mr. Adedoyin Adegbulugbe Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Olabode Ifabiyi Executive Director, Mr. Fashubaa Akinbobola Head, Information Technology and E-channels, Mr. Cherno Cham, Chief Finance Officer, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Akano Head of Corporate Affairs and other staff of Skye Bank Gambia.
The purpose of the Campaign is to create public awareness about infertility issues, how to get help and advocacy against stigmatization and/or victimization of people with infertility issues. The walk is a symbol of walking with and standing by people with infertility issues as Safe Haven Foundation believes no one with infertility challenges should walk alone.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Skye Bank Gambia Mr. Adedoyin Adegbulugbe said the Walk is organized by Safe Haven Foundation with support from Skye Bank Gambia Limited. He said the objective of the campaign was to say that infertility is not a permanent situation that cannot be cured and that the society should not stigmatize the victims. He said as a socially responsible organization that has been engaging in and supporting various developmental activities in the Country, Skye Bank saw this initiative/campaign as a noble one and decided to partner with Safe Haven Foundation to create public awareness on infertility and show the victims they are not alone.
The Managing Director of Skye Bank also stressed that Skye Bank Gambia is not in The Gambia for profitability alone but to support the Country, the people and noble courses like this. He assure that Skye Bank will continue to support such initiatives as part of its corporate social responsibility.
He advocated that people should stop stigmatizing victims of infertility and advised women who are stigmatized not be ashamed for not having children; that after seeking necessary medical help and with God, they will have their own children. He emphasized that infertility is not only about women, citing that men can also be infertile and that they should also seek necessary attention rather than focusing only on the women.
The MD concluded by saying the Bank was motivated to participate in the infertility campaign because of the plight of women who are considered to be infertile. He assured victims that they are not alone and advised them to stand strong and not to feel ashamed.
In the same light, Head of IT/E-Channel, Mr. Fashubaa Akinbobola said the Bank is delighted to be associated with a course like this as it is a common practice for the Bank to support such initiative.He said rather than victimize/stigmatize women for infertility, the focus should be on tackling the issue and the first step to doing this is for the couple (the man and the woman) to seek necessary medical attention.
He said childlessness is terrible enough for a woman not to talk of the additional pressures, name-calling and stigmatization/victimization from in-laws, family, friends and society. He said the objective of Skye Bank in this course is to support Safe Haven Foundation to change the mindset of the people from victims stigmatization to focusing on resolving the issue and also encouraging and standing by the victims while the situations lasts.
Other speakers at the event include the Executive Director of Women Bureau and The founder of Safe Haven Foundation – Sainey Ceesay Jammeh. They eulogized the Management and staff of Skye Bank for their support of the initiative and encouraged other corporate organisations to emulate Skye Bank.