This course will look at access to artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) and how cost and funding mechanisms influence the practice and the choices of those wishing to use ARTs. It will put these issues in a wider global context and examine the regulatory, socio-cultural and ethical aspects of access to ARTs. It will specifically consider: the prevalence of infertility, and the consequences of infertility in Africa, costing policies for ARTs, how reimbursement policies impact on access to treatment, and the implications of cross-border infertility care. Finally, the course will address wider considerations on the meaning of parenthood and why people chose to use ARTs, and cross-cultural understandings of what it means to be a parent.
23 June 2019