May 25, 2024


Glowing newspaper profiles of IVF doctors who bring bundles of joy to desperate couples are common enough in the US, the UK and Australia. But it is seldom that they emphasise how often the doctor consults the Bible for guidance. Recently, Dr Edward Tamale Ssali, who practices in Bukoto, in southern Uganda. He is responsible for the first birth of a frozen embryo baby and the first birth to a surrogate mother in East and Central Africa. A devout Christian, he rises every day at 5am and reads his Bible. He also hosts a TV program, Faith and Science, on Sundays. “I would be earning a lot overseas but I decided to station here,” he told the Monitor. “There is more to life than money. The Bible says that the life of a man doesn’t consist in the things that he owns.”