WHO Team Develops Guidelines for ‘IVF’ in Africa

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A team of experts raised by the World Health Organization (WHO) has refined Fertility Guidelines exclusively on the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)/Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in Africa.

Head of the African Fertility Society (AFS), Prof Oladapo Ashiru, stated recently that the WHO experts had on Sept 4, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland, completed a weeklong session, making evidence-based guidance on fertility care and research.

Ashiru, who is also the joint pioneer of IVF technique/test tube baby in Nigeria, said the recommendations made will inform and support the development of WHO Fertility Guidelines.

The WHO guideline will close the gap in the standard of fertility care and assisted reproductive technology regulation missing in Nigeria and most of Africa. “Areas covered by the world experts during the working consultations at the WHO Department of Reproduction and Research include glossaries of terminologies, acceptable standards of practices and research questions,” Ashiru said.

Africa is stepping up its game with IVF.

Dr. Sherly van Poel of the Reproductive Health and Research said: “The meeting is a milestone development in closing the gap in the explosive new knowledge necessary to promote access to quality, safe and responsible fertility care worldwide.”

The Africa region was represented at the ground-breaking meeting by Ashiru and Dr. James Olobo-Lalobo of the African Fertility Society.

Ashiru, who chaired one of the sessions said: “The long awaited change in fertility mind set of the African will now begin to change for ever. The withering childless African woman blamed, for far too long, for the infertility of any cause should at last begin to expect an improved quality of life as the bravado men climb down and calm down in the face of evidence-based fertility recommendations made.”

He seized the opportunity to invite the WHO Human Reproduction Group to the conference of the Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health of Nigeria, and the mini-symposium of African Fertility Society in Lagos from September 24th to 26th 2015 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Stay tuned as more exciting news break for fertility treatments in this part of the world.

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