“Matters of life”: ART in Africa in the context of global reproductive health Professor Silke Dyer, Groote Schuur Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

This leccture will cover:
• The high burden of infertility in Africa and its impact on reproductive health, the related importance of assisted reproductive technology (ART), and some false theory surrounding both.
• An insight into the ART export to Africa and into current characteristics and challenges of ART in this region.
• The importance of equitable access to care at global level and what this would require.

Professor Silke Dyer (FCOG, FRCOG hon, PhD) is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist working in fulltime clinical-academic practice at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. She is the Director of the African Network and Registry for Assisted Reproductive Technology; board member of International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies; and on the Science and Technology Advisory Group, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, of the World Health Organization. Her work is motivated by the desire to improve infertility-related reproductive health services and access to care, and through this contribute to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa.