The IFFS is a Non-state Actor (NSA) in Official Relations with the World Health Organization
As a Non-State Actor (NSA) in official relations with the World Heath Organization (WHO), the IFFS promotes and develops educational initiatives in the field of reproductive health in support of WHO aims and objectives, and the renewed focus and prioritization WHO has given to infertility as a disease.
The WHO Board admitted IFFS into “official relations” with WHO, governed by the Framework of Engagement for Non-State Actors (FENSA). The basis of ”official relations” is a plan of collaboration between the WHO and the NSA with agreed upon objectives and activities for a 3 year period, free from profit-making or commercial concerns.
Specific Areas of Collaboration between WHO and IFFS include:
Our remit is broad covering diagnosing, counseling, and treating male and female infertility, and topics ranging from access to care, guidelines, safety, raising awareness about fertility needs, diseases that impact on reproductive health (fibroids and endometriosis, PCOS, STDs); inherited anomalies that impact reproduction; genetics; reproductive surgery; prevention; contraception; environmental impacts, premature ovarian failure and menopause, and optimizing preconception and pregnancy outcomes. We also have a major interest in training nurses, embryologists as well as doctors and those in training.
Below is a video of a lecture entitled “Infertility in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO Global Program of Work”, which was given by Ian Askew, PhD on Thursday April 11, 2019 during the 2019 IFFS World Congress in Shanghai. Dr. Askew is the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health & Research at the World Health Organization.