Today, we are living in the era of IVF- lings. Thanks to more than 5 millions of them who stand as witness to the trailblazing frontiers of fertility that seems to be evolving and enriching us. The evolutionary game is getting more and more complex by the day. The recent approval given to three person IVF in UK has stirred moral, ethical and scientific debates. This global issue will simmer only when another breakthrough will conceive to convince us ! The current issue of eHealth takes a look at IVF centers across the country.
IVF in India is a booming market, riddled with issues, ranging from laws and legislation to clinical standards that need to be streamlined. We take a look at this segment. More recently, India has changed its laws that now allows the import of frozen human embryos for reproductive treatments. It will add to the edges of medical tourism by helping infertile couples across the globe, seeking medical treatment in Indian IVF clinics.
On the other end of the IVF spectrum lies the need for natural birthing that seems to have taken a backseat. We bring to you the tenets of scientific midwifery that advocates the need and practice of natural birthing.
At the base of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) lies the build up of IVD (In-vitro diagnostics) that runs parallel to the demands of IVF industry. By 2018,this industry is expected to touch US$ 1.5 billion. Like IVF clinics “ big and small, IVD too comes in mixed bag of small and local players to multinationals, vying for the market share. This issue explores this vertical by interviewing some of the industry leaders.
Organ Donation Day is celebrated on 6th August. We review this uncharted territory to share the insights on organ donation. Besides lack of awareness, we continue to be struggling to place the organ donation protocols in place. We interact with some of the leading organ donation programmes.
Brewing in the North East is Guwahati Neurological Research Centre (GNRC) “ a super-specialty hospital, which is spearheaded to deliver the best of healthcare with affordability in mind. We bring to you the GNRC footprints that is hailed as a healthcare giant poised to cater to the local populace, besides their plans to expand to neighbouring nations.
We hope you enjoy the medley of health coverage in this issue!
Dr Ravi Gupta