Infertility in South Africa: A Neglected Issue in Need of a Public Health Response

Posted by Hannah Kabelka on January 14, 2022 at 11:37 am

On the 15th of December 2021, the CoP on Infertility in the Netherlands kindly invited Share-Net International members from all country hubs to attend a zoom presentation on “Infertility in South Africa: A Neglected Issue in Need of a Public Health Response. An Exploration of Causes, Consequences, and Interventions” by Floor van Gorkom (MD, MA). The presentation is based on Floor’s Master’s thesis in International health, which she completed in 2021 at the KIT (Royal Tropical Institute) and the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam (VU). Next to providing insight into the social determinants and consequences of infertility, this case study provides insight in how infertility can be approached from a public health perspective in a middle-income country. The emphasis should be on a multisector and integrated approach with a focus on prevention, awareness and reducing stigma.

Rewatch the recording of Floor van Gorkum’s presentation

You can find out more about the Infertility CoP at Share-Net Netherlands here.

Webinar recommendation: Breaking the Silence on Infertility

If you are interested in the topic of Infertility, we recommend you attending this upcoming event on January 26th 2022 as an opportunity to learn about the burden and stigma associated with infertility, and about people’s personal experience of how infertility impacts their lives. The webinar will present the outcomes of a collaborative infertility awareness project, supported by Share-Net International, and implemented by many including the IPPF and RedOrange.

Short videos will highlight human stories from Burundi, Bangladesh and Jordan, and a Policy Brief for advocacy on infertility, another project outcome, will be presented. Additionally we will hear the country voices from  Burundi, Colombia and Jordan who will share their experiences, including insights on accessing services.

Please register for the ‘Breaking the silence on Infertility’ webinar by filling the registration form before Wednesday the 26th of January 2022.

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