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Towards making assisted reproductive technology affordable and accessible: Public-private interaction

Thabo Matsaseng, Theunis Frans Kruger

Abstract


Objective. To report the importance of public-private interaction (PPI) as a strategy to make assisted reproductive technology (ART) affordable.

Method. Design: Commentary. Setting: Reproductive Medicine Unit, Tygerberg Academic Hospital.

Discussion. PPI together with simplified methods of IVF such as scaling down on personnel, mild ovarian stimulation protocols, oocyte retrieval without anaesthesia and simple embryo culture systems are strategies to make ART affordable and accessible.

Conclusion. This article illustrates that PPI can be one of the strategies to make ART treatment a reality in settings with very limited resources.


Authors' affiliations

Thabo Matsaseng, Reproductive Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Theunis Frans Kruger, Reproductive Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

In vitro fertilisation; Assisted reproductive technology; Developing countries; Limited resources; Public-private interventions

Cite this article

South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2014;20(1):33-34. DOI:10.7196/sajog.814

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-11-13
Date published: 2014-04-03

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