Infertility remains side-lined in SRHR planning and programming in the Global South even though it affects millions of people.
Our Community of Practice (CoP) on Infertility believes the ability to choose to have children is a basic human right, just like other sexual and reproductive health and rights. We envision a world where infertility is an integral part of SRHR policy, plans and programmes. Accordingly, in line with the overall objectives of Share-Net International and Share-Net Netherlands, our mission is to generate, share and promote the use of knowledge for successful integration of infertility within SRHR policies, plans and programmes. We look at infertility holistically and promote the prevention of infertility, the importance of destigmatizing female and male infertility and childlessness, of having access to a broad range of quality (in)fertility care and involving men.
Our activities include doing research and disseminating research results, organizing roundtables and conferences, and supporting collaboration between groups of people affected by infertility and organisations focusing on SRHR. The CoP on Infertility CoP was created immediately after the ‘Amsterdam Infertility Roundtable’, that was organised in December 2017. This Infertility Roundtable was a the final dissemination activity of a Share-Net Small Grant Project on Infertility in Ghana and Kenya.
We are very excited to be developing the track on infertility for the Share-Net International Co-Creation Conference taking place in October 2019. The programme development is in full swing. Keep an eye on the Share-Net website for more on the conference.
Our most recent activity includes a concurrent session at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, ‘Women Deliver…Or Not: Breaking the Silence on (In)fertility’, organized with the World Health Organization and the Center for Reproductive Rights. We also attended the WHO global summit on Infertility (December 2018), which will lead to a call for action to. In 2018-2019 we had a Share-Net Small Grant project to support the integration of (in)fertility issues into SRHR programming in Indonesia (see below) Last but not least, as part of our advocacy work we supported the SheDecides Week with our call to action.
Results to share: Jembatan. a pilot project to support the integration of (in)fertility issues into SRHR programming in Indonesia
We are proud to share the final report of our Share-Net small grants project. To encourage and facilitate NGOs working in the field of SRHR to take up infertility we developed and rolled out the Jembatan project, a pilot project to support the integration of (in)fertility issues into SRHR programming. We designed the Jembatan project – ‘jembatan’ means ‘bridge’ in Indonesian – to facilitate NGOs working in SRHR and an infertility support group in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to come together, engage in dialogue, share experiences and knowledge, and collaborate. The project intended to ‘bridge’ the distance between stakeholders with a shared interest in issues of (in)fertility, but who are not used to reach out to each other and engage. Be sure to watch this page for our upcoming ‘Stepping Stones’ document with tips and tricks for integrating (in)fertility in SRHR programmes, based on the lessons learnt and results from the Jembatan project.
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