At the time, he said he had at least ten families buying in.
But the proposal has raised concerns over Ghana’s lack of regulations in reproductive health.
A few weeks ago, Augustine Boateng launched a business website and campaign on social media trying to get families to have mixed-race children in Ghana.
“We believe every race has a unique natural quality and to transform Africa with our ideology we need to bring all these natural human qualities together to pursue the course,” he said, sitting at a desk in a small gym inside a petrol station building in Madina Estate, where he said he also works as an assistant physiotherapist.
Boateng has no qualification in reproductive health. He is a graduate in business administration from a university in Morocco.
He said his business would not perform in-vitro fertilization, but that he could link families or singles with sperm banks that have Caucasian donors.
“Some are in Ghana, some are outside and you wouldn’t know the donor,” Boateng said. “The donor doesn’t have to know you, you just know the basic information and sometimes extended profile of the donor.”
After criticism from the public and journalists, Boateng said he’s shut down the business. The website is now down and he has deactivated the Facebook account.
But Dr. Edem Hiadzi of Lister Hospital said even if Boateng has ended his project, this raises serious questions about regulations in reproductive health.
Hiadzi, a medical professional with over 20 years of experience in reproductive health, said there are no systems to prevent businesses and scam artists from preying on people desperate for children.
“So many people get away with crimes that out there you couldn’t engage in and get away with scot free,” he said.
“There should be a body that will make you accountable.”
Hiadzi said before he considers donor sperm as an option for couples who are desperate for babies, he would have exhausted every other possible means.
Professor Emeritus Jacob Gordon, with the African studies department at the University of Ghana, said many people just want the skin colour of mixed-race babies for its societal advantage.
“There are a lot of people who like biracial babies. Because they think that to be biracial is prestigious,” he said. “Societies, whether you like it or not, still look at light-skinned people who are very slim. That’s what they call beauty.”
He said that someone without credentials won’t realize the extent of psychological challenges those mixed children face when they attempt to adapt and deal with rejection from the society.
That is why Dr. Hiadzi is trying to get the government to create a regulatory body just for reproductive health.
“I am now fighting hard to try and get a regulatory body,”Hiadzi said. “We are all under Ghana medical and dental council so things are sprouting up all around without forcing rules and regulation.”
By: Betty Kankam-Boadu/citifmonline.com/Ghana