Webinar series Global and Socio-cultural Aspects of infertility 2022 - What you need to know

Webinar series Global and Socio-cultural Aspects of infertility - what you need to know


Course description

Webinar 1: Universal access to infertility care: the global picture
Course type
Basic

Course description
Access to infertility care can be regarded as a human right. The majority of the world population doesn’t have access to modern and effective diagnostic and treatment procedures including assisted reproductive technologies, because of a lack of infertility centres, a lack of skilled personal and most important, the high costs associated with all these procedures. Access to infertility care can only be solved by introducing reimbursement policies and decreasing the costs significantly.

Learning objectives
To give an update on the problem of unequal access to infertility care worldwide

Target audience
All healthcare professionals working in the field of reproductive medicine, social scientists, legal experts, ethicists, health economists, health care providers, policy makers.

Expected educational outcomes
1. Participants will receive an overview of the differences in access to ART on a global scale
2. Participants will be aware of the different reasons responsible for unequal access to infertility care.
3. Participants will learn about the hurdles and opportunities considering access to infertility care
4. Participants will learn about possible solutions to decrease the huge differences in access between countries and continents.
5. Participants will be aware of the importance of the integration of infertility care within family planning and mother care strategies, especially in low and middle income countries



Webinar 2: MAR and religion
Course type
Basic

Course description
Infertility management including ART is a human right for infertile patients. However, there is a huge disparity in availability, access and affordability of ART in various parts of the world and even in the same country.

The webinar shall highlight the impact of religion on the utilization of various practices of ART. It shall also discuss the issue of conscientious objection by health care providers to avoid denying certain ART practices when they are necessary and requested by the infertile couple.

Learning objectives
To enhance and update essential knowledge on the religion aspects of MAR.

Target audience
All healthcare professionals in reproductive medicine, social scientists, legal experts, policy makers.

Expected educational outcomes
1. Participants will be aware that infertility management including ART is a human right.
2. Participants will be aware of the disparities in availability, access and affordability of ART.
3. Participants will be aware of the position of various religions on the practices of ART.
4. Participants will be able to know how to resolve the issue of conscientious objection between HCPs and infertile couple.



Webinar 3: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and impact on (in)fertility
Course type
Basic

Course description
FGM is a harmful practice and is a gender based violence against girls and women. The Webinar shall discuss the prevalence of FGM and the causes for its continuation inspite of all national and international efforts to combat FGM. It will discuss the various types of FGM, and its short and long term complications and its impact on fertility.

Medicalization of FGM has been widely practiced in some countries on the basis of harm reduction. The ethical issues of FGM and its medicalization shall be discussed. Care of patients subjected to FGM deserves attention as these patients are victims of this harmful practice against women.

Learning objectives
To enhance and update essential knowledge on the sociocultural aspects of FGM and its impact on (in)fertility.

Target audience
All healthcare professionals in reproductive medicine, social scientists, legal experts, policy makers.

Expected educational outcomes
At the end of the webinar the participant shall be able to be:

1. Aware of types and prevalence of FGM.
2. Understand why FGM is still widely practiced in some societies inspite of its harmful consequences.
3. Well informed of the short and long term consequences of FGM on maternal and child health including infertility.
4. Aware of the issue of medicalization of FGM and its medicalization.
5. Able to learn the broad principles of managing patients who had been subjected to FGM.



Webinar 4: Transnational surrogacy and reproductive travel in the contect of recent crises
Course type
Basic

Course description
In gestational surrogacy a child is carried for intended parents, who cannot carry a pregnancy themselves, in order to be handed over to them after birth and to offer them the opportunity to create a family. In the last decades demands for surrogacies continuously increased, among others because of the desire of LGBTQI couples to form biological families. As legal regulations around and social acceptance of (commercial) surrogacy and the ‘availability’ of surrogates differ highly among countries worldwide, many surrogacy arrangements are transnational. The recent crisis situations (the COVID pandemic and Ukraine war) have (had) a huge impact on these transnational arrangements and the repro-travel of the various actors involved. The webinar will provide insight into various aspects of these arrangements and the impact of the pandemic and war, and discuss possible ethical and practical) implications and challenges for policy and practice.

Learning objectives
To enhance and update essential knowledge on transnational surrogacy arrangements, and implications and challenges for policy and practice, in the context of recent crises (the COVID pandemic and Ukraine war)

Target audience
All healthcare professionals in reproductive medicine, social scientists, legal experts, policy makers.

Expected educational outcomes
1. Participants will be aware of a variety of transnational surrogacy arrangements
2. Participants will be aware of the impact of recent crises (the COVID pandemic and the Ukraine war) on these arrangements and related reprotravel
3. Participants will be aware of possible ethical and practical implications and challenges for policy and practice, resulting from transnational surrogacy arrangements and recent crises

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Practicalities

Participants will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the webinar (Zoom). Participants can obtain a certificate of attendance after watching the webinar on the eCampus platform. The recording will become available on the eCampus platform after the webinar took place. There will only be 500 places available to follow live.