Policy brief by Marie E. Thoma, Muntaha Gharaibeh, Elly Leemhuis, Arnob Chakrabarty, Kishore Kumer Basak, & Ananya Krishnan.
This Policy Brief is a knowledge product from a “twin project – Breaking the Silence on Infertility.” This project is the joint result of two awarded SNI grants focused on creating knowledge products that were designed as part of the ‘Infertility track’ of the Share-Net International Co-Creation Conference in 2019.
The results are various tools for awareness, advocacy and action to help everybody to break the silence and speak up about infertility.
Although recognized as central to reproductive rights, addressing infertility has been neglected within the global sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) agenda. Growing awareness of the magnitude and consequences of infertility has garnered increased national, regional, and international attention to the detection, prevention, and management of infertility and infertility-related stigma. In this policy brief, we document the magnitude and impact of infertility and its connection to broader human rights principles, a SRHR agenda, and sustainable development goals. We call on policymakers, public health and health care providers, and other stakeholders to develop a national action plan to address infertility and infertility-related stigma. We outline 5 priority areas to engage, educate, address, and advocate for a broader focus on infertility and provide country-specific examples of programs designed to meet these priorities.
The dissemination plan is available here, in English: Breaking the Silence on Infertility – Policy Brief Dissemination Plan