EFA (pronounced `e-va’) means “life”
EFA-Africa is a Non-Profit Organisation that works to ensure meaningful care for girls, women and families in Africa who suffer as a result of endometriosis.
“Just because we don’t die…
does not mean its not killing us…”
“Suffering in silence is not an unfamiliar concept to black women. We are taught above all else to be strong. Historically and presently our strength has been a necessity for survival. In being strong for ourselves, for everyone else, too many black women are walking through life unhealed.”
Endometriosis is a medical condition that causes abnormal growths in the reproductive system of women. One in ten women have this condition.
This results in unnecessary suffering that is often crippling to women, yet it is almost completely ignored and untreated in Africa.
Helping women end suffering
“The disease often has a crippling effect on a woman’s life, but it is not recognised by society in general (or many healthcare professionals) because it does not cause visible handicaps. In addition, endometriosis is shrouded in a cloud of taboos regarding menstruation, sexuality, infertility and pain – particularly in the developing world.”
- Prof D’Hoodge
It is estimated that one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis during their reproductive years
The disease is associated with reproductive cycles of women, and therefore – because of cultural and religious practices – often a taboo subject.
The disease often has a crippling effect on a woman’s life, leading to infertility, mental and social anguish, and disadvantage in their professional lives.
Endometriosis severely affects family life. It affects the educational and economic opportunities of women. It leaves women scarred and stigmatized, even in their own families.
Endometriosis cannot be cured. BUT with affordable care and management, affected women CAN live normal lives.