Course purpose:

To further expand course participants’ competence and enjoyment in interacting with scientific ART registry data by building on skills and knowledge gained in the Level 1 course .

Who should attend?

Embryologists, biologists, nurses, data managers and clinicians who participate in ANARA or wish to join. Completion of the Level 1 data course is recommended but not a requirement.

Registration and course capacity

Registration is free. Numbers are limited to 15 participants to provide individual attention and facilitate networking between learners. Participants will register temporarily with the eLearning platform of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Course Structure

Duration: Two weeks.

Course activities: 4 days/week; approximately 1.5hrs/day.

Level: Advanced level.

Course activities are asynchronous (learners can do them in their own time) with two synchronous meetings.

Daily activities are structured into
i. short, didactic learning material,
ii. practical tasks,
iii. links for further exploration.


Learners who wish to obtain the Level 2 Certificate of ANARA Data Manager are required to complete the course, attend two synchronous course seminars, and participate in the post-course evaluation.

Course programme

Day 0, week 0: Pre-course Introduction

i. Introduction: outline and purpose, tutors, welcome message

ii. Practical task: exploring the course learning site and technical assistance

iii. For further exploration: ANARA 5-year trend analysis, RBMOnline 2020

Day 1, week 1: Building on strong foundations

i. Learning material:
   a. Key learnings from Level 1
   b. Is access to ART a Human Right? Interview with Prof Fernando Zegers-Hochschild

ii. Practical task: Registry test-site login, download the ANARA Excel master file

iii. For further exploration: "Human Rights to in Vitro Fertilization" (publication); African Charter on People’s and Human Rights (website)

Day 2, week 1: Let's get started in Excel

i. Learning material: Learning material
   a. From the other angle: One Registry on two feet
   b. Data validation in Excel

ii. Practical task: Entering fresh cycles in the ANARA Excel spreadsheet

iii. For further exploration: Always by your side - International Glossary and ANARA manual

Day 3, week 1: Good data housekeeping

i. Learning material:
   a. Let's talk about deliveries
   b. Good data housekeeping

ii. Practical task: Negotiating error messages along the Excel path

iii. For further exploration: to be confirmed

Day 4, week 1: Registry partnerships: cooperation and solidarity

i. Learning material:
a. Registries around the world
b. The Latin American Registry and Network - a story of regional development and cooperation. Interview with Prof Fernando Zegers-Hochschild
c. Global ART Monitoring - why it matters and what we can learn. Interview with Dr David Adamson

ii. Practical session: Synchronous learner-tutor seminar

For further exploration: Websites of ICMART, RedLARA, UN Office for South-South cooperation

Day 5, week 2: What can we learn from our data?

i. Learning material:
a. Data lesson 1: Embryo transfer practices
b. Into the cloud: Uploading Excel-based data to your homepage

ii. Practical task: Upload your Excel spreadsheet

iii. For further exploration: Explore the interactive data domain of our African Registry

Day 6, week 2: ART success: safety first

i. Learning material: Data lesson 2: ART multiples and SDG 3.2

ii. Practical task: FET data upload and direct entry of additional cycles

iii. For further exploration: Scientific papers on multiples

Day 7, week 2: Cryopreservation

i. Learning material: Data lesson 3: Embryo cryopreservation

ii. Practical tasks: Submit your data

iii. For further exploration: Explore the WHO/IBP Network website

Day 8, week 2: Last course day and exit quiz

i. Learning material:
a. ANARA call for data revisited
b. The ANARA data season in excel

ii. Practical tasks:
a. Synchronous tutor-student seminar
b. End of course quiz and data treasure hunt

iii. For further exploration: ANARA publication 2018-2019