MAHE Manipal trained African doctors set to destigmatize infertility in their countries

 MAHE Manipal trained African doctors set to destigmatize infertility in their countries
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The IVF Embryology training program is jointly offered by MAHE and Merck Foundation

Manipal, Aug 20, 2022: Dr. Ranjan Pai, President of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), and Chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) handed over certificates to the team of African doctors who completed the MAHE–Merck Foundation IVF Embryology training program on Thursday.

The IVF Embryology training program offered by MAHE and Merck Foundation aims to change attitudes towards infertility by empowering doctors and teaching advanced in-vitro fertility techniques.

Dr. HS Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of MAHE addressed the awardees.]

“Though both man and woman are equally responsible in determining fertility, it is only the woman who is subjected to the trauma caused due to infertility. This is nowhere truer than in Africa, where infertile couples are ostracised, and medical intervention is sparse,” he said. 

Monica Baawuah from Ghana who is one of the trainees of the program said that infertility is a serious social problem in her country.

“Unfortunately, we are helpless due to limited facilities and expertise to offer IVF treatment to couples. But after this program we are now confident to manage all complex infertility issues,” she said.

Dr. Sharath Rao, Dean of KMC Manipal said that MAHE seeks to replicate the successes of this program in other regions that direly need greater exposure to a healthy outlook on infertility. To address the lack of trained and skilled health professionals in this area, KMC is aiming to scale up the Embryology training program to other countries.

The training program is offered jointly by MAHE and Merck Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA, Germany. Merck Foundation aims to strengthen healthcare resources in Africa by connecting the continent to other countries. Through their partnership with India, Merck Foundation seeks to scale up fertility care capacity in Africa and other developing countries.

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