Commemorating the World IVF Day, the Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council will organise a virtual India IVF Summit on July 25, 2020, which will be streamed live on its Facebook page from 11.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
This World IVF Day, leading gynecologists and infertility specialists of India will converge virtually at the ‘India IVF Summit’ held by Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council on July 25, 2020 to discuss how infertility, the new epidemic among young Indians, is affecting couples and to separate facts from fiction related to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) during the pandemic. The day-long summit is supported by Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd. (BSVL).
The event will stream live on the IHW Council’s Facebook page from 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. 5,000-8,000 people are expected to watch panelists discuss the medical and technical aspects of IVF facility, parenthood as a human right, the policy framework for it and why over promises can be detrimental to IVF treatment.
Eminent IVF expert Dr Hrishikesh Pai, Medical Director, Bloom IVF, Mumbai, Dr. Jaideep Malhotra, Immediate Past President, Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) and Director, Rainbow IVF, Dr. Rohit Gutgutia, Medical Director, Eastern India, Nova IVF Fertility, and Mr. Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director and CEO, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd. (BSVL), among others, will attend the summit that will be available on IHW Council’s YouTube page as well.
Dr Hrishikesh Pai, Medical Director of Bloom IVF, Mumbai said: “IVF treatment has taken a beating due to the fear of infection and in the process may have ended the last chance for many couples trying to become pregnant. About 20% couples, with very low sperm count, or very low ovarian reserve especially with age > 37 years will run out of their time by end of the year.”
The COVID-19 pandemic and the fear of being infected by the Coronavirus has dealt a big blow to the infertility treatment globally as well as in India, dashing the last hope to have a baby for many. Change in lifestyle, socio-economic standing, and rising pollution levels have pushed infertility to epic proportions in India, affecting almost 27.5 million couples.
Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director and CEO, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Ltd. (BSVL) pointed out: “In its spread and reasons, infertility resembles non-communicable diseases and there is an urgent need to address the needs of the people. While awareness around an improved lifestyle and policy interventions to restore a better environment are important, the need right now is to provide treatment and remedial measures to those who are seeking to become parents. We recognise the need for both men and women requiring medical intervention to attain the unique joy of becoming parents and have been assisting the practitioners to serve them better,”
IHW Council is a premier think tank that advocates a healthy world through multilateral stakeholder engagement has been at the forefront of advocating health for all, and has been ensuring that authentic and relevant health support and guidance continue to reach people during the ongoing pandemic.
Kamal Narayan, CEO, IHW Council says, “Infertility affects about 15 per cent of all married couples who are trying to become parents. These people not only battle a medical condition but also face social stigma and tremendous stress of trying or waiting to conceive which increases the trauma associated with disappointing outcomes such as conception failure. With the pandemic restricting access to IVF treatment centres, these couples are in a difficult situation, while only time can tell how many missed the bus forever. At the same time, it is important to discuss the scientifically-verified aspects in IVF to separate fact from fiction and set realistic expectations from this medical marvel.”