In just 3 years ANARA has established itself as an Africa-wide network and registry. To date, ART centres from Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Togo have submitted data to ANARA. Workshops have been held in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Togo.
At the beginning of 2018, the leaders of GIERAF (Groupe Interafricain d’Etude, de Recherche et d’Application sur la Fertilité) and ANARA (Mohamed Latoundji and Silke Dyer) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Lomé, Togo, reflecting a spirit of collaboration.
ANARA is also in conversation with the African Fertility Society as well as other national fertility organisations; and with representatives from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. It is anticipated that more centres and countries will join.
Inaugural release of registry data
ANARA, in conjunction with the International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART), collected data pertaining to 2013 from 40 centres in 13 countries.
The data were presented in September 2017 at the annual African Fertility and Reproductive Health Conference in Abuja, Nigeria, by Ibrahim Wada (Deputy President of AFRH), Moise Fiadjoe (Founding President of G IERAF) and Silke Dyer (Director of ANARA).
Key findings included good effectiveness in terms of pregnancy rates per embryo transfer at both national and regional level; the transfer of two or three embryos in the majority of cycles with a resultant rate of multiples of 1 in 4; and unknown outcome of most pregnancies due to loss of follow up.
The data, which provide important answers while raising new questions relating to ART in Africa, have been submitted for publication.
Data collection 2014
We recently completed data collection for the 2014 ICMART World Report, which will be presented at ESHRE in Barcelona, July 3rd, 2018.
Although ICMART has closed its call for the 2014 world data, ANARA will continue to accept 2014 data from participating centres until October 19th , 2018, for inclusion in the 2014 Africa report.
Since the beginning of 2018, ANARA has conducted workshops in
- Lomé, Togo, together with G IEARF (Groupe Interafricain d’Etude, de Recherche et d’Application sur la Fertilité). Participants travelled from Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, and Senegal to attend. At the end of the workshop, the president of G IERAF, Mohamed Latoundji, and the Director of ANARA, Silke Dyer, signed a memorandum of understanding reflecting the spirit of collaboration.
- Kampala, Uganda, at the AFS/IFFS Conference (African Fertility Society and International Federation of Fertility Societies)
- Cairo, Egypt, in collaboration with the Egypt IVF Registry.
Our workshops aim to build capacity in the collection of scientific data; and to build relationships between ART centres and countries.
International networking and events
Through invited conference presentations, ANARA has been introduced to the international scientific community. Events included ESHRE 2016; AFRH Conference, Nigeria 2016,2017, 2018; the 11th Meeting of the Latin American Network and Registry, Argentina, 2017; Updates in Infertility, Spain, 2018; AFS/IFFS Conference, Uganda, 2018.
Upcoming international meetings in the USA, Austria, Canada and Japan have also invited presentations relating to ANARA.
ANARA is maintaining strong links to our sister registry, the Latin American Network and Registry (REDLara), as well as ICMART (International Committee Monitoring ART), a non-state actor in official relations with WHO. The expansion and strengthening of ANARA is part of the ICMART-WHO workplan.
ICMART has launched its online portal for world data submission. As of next year, ANARA and REDLara will be able to import their data directly to our World Registry.
ANARA supported the IFFS (International Federation of Fertility Societies) Surveillance and encouraged co-operation as a way of strengthening Africa’s voice and creating visibility around ART activity in Africa. Seventeen African countries participated in the Surveillance this year, compared to six countries in 2016. Africa’s increased participation is at least in part attributable to the strength of our ANARA network and relationships.
- African Fertility Society (AFS)
- AFRH (Nigeria Fertility Society)
- Egypt IVF Registry
- FERSOG (Fertility Society of Ghana)
- SASREG (Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy)
- Uganda Fertility Society
- ICMART (International Committee Monitoring ART)
- RedLARA (Latin American Network and Registry for ART)
- IFFS (International Federation of Fertility Societies