Avenues Clinic reintroduces test tube baby programme

A HARARE-BASED private health institution, Avenues Clinic, has re-introduced the test tube baby programme scientifically known as in-vitro fertilisation, giving hope to couples who struggle to conceive naturally.

By Phyllis Mbanje

The procedure was pioneered at the Avenues Clinic in the 1980s by obstetrician, Tony Robertson, but discontinued in 2000 when he briefly left the country.

Avenues Clinic managing director, Merissa Kambani said the 52 people, who were conceived through Robertson’s in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) programme, were now adults.

In-vitro fertilisation is a process where a woman’s eggs and her husband’s sperm are brought together outside the womb in a dish in a laboratory.

After embryos have begun forming one or two of the embryos are implanted in the woman’s womb, where they continue developing. Excess embryos formed can then be frozen for future implantation.

“There are so many couples desperate for a child, but unable to have one; in that in-vitro fertilisation could assist. The success of the programme carried out at the Avenues Clinic in the 1980s and 1990s shows that we have the expertise and facilities locally to conduct a successful IVF programme,” she said.

In addition to in-vitro fertilisation, the health institution also offers other fertility treatments that include intra-uterine insemination, commonly referred to as artificial insemination.

Robertson said his team had the capacity to offer interventions to sub-fertile couples at an affordable price with the convenience of it being done in Zimbabwe.

He said couples elsewhere in the region were also likely to want to take advantage of the programme.

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8 Comments

  1. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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  2. But Mr Reporter the picture is not Avenues Clinic but Baines Clinic. Was it deliberate to put another maternity clinic on a story which does not concern them or is it giving this Clinic some mileage at the expense of The Avenues clinic, poor reporting I think.

  3. yes tau,why is there a picture of baines clinic and not avenues clinic

  4. Hakuna Avenues clinic yakadai warasika

  5. Thisis unGodly , stop it . Are you playing the role of super gods?

    1. Ana Rutsitu, zvineyi nemi. Let those that want go ahead. What does it have to do with you?

  6. Where do we go to for enquiries Reporter? How much is it?

    1. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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