ANARA is currently establishing its governance which will bring representativeness, expertise and credibility to the process of data collection and information sharing in Africa. Rooted in Africa, it will be delivered by local and regional leaders in infertility with input from international experts. Governance will focus on capacitating individual ART centres to collect data and participate in the network; and on protecting data anonymity, integrity, and safety. ANARA originally emerged as a project initiated by ICMART, the International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and led by Silke Dyer (Professor, FCOG, PhD; South Africa). A first ANARA meeting and workshop was held November 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. Thirty delegates participated with presence from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda. In addition, the following fertility organisations were represented: Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health Nigeria (AFRH), African Fertility Society (AFS), Ghana Fertility Society, Kenya Fertility Society (KFS) and South African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG). Following this very successful meeting and workshop, the governing bodies and structures are now being established.
“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”– African Proverb
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