Ubuntu drives many SA egg donors to give life freely

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Ubuntu drives many SA egg donors to give life freely

Research reveals money is not South Africans’ primary motivation for helping infertile women

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SA is well-known for the spirit of ubuntu, which emphasises the oneness of humanity, as well as sharing with and caring for those around us.

New local research has shown that this humanitarian principle may be the driving force behind many women donating their eggs to women who cannot naturally conceive. The study, which surveyed about 150 women from Cape Town, has revealed the desire to help infertile women is what motivates many to donate their eggs rather than financial gain or inclination for genetic legacy.

About 95% of respondents who took part in the University of KwaZulu-Natal survey – the first to solicit opinions, experiences and motivations of egg donors in SA – ranked helping the less fortunate women as “important” or “very important”...

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