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Charity provides free IVF treatment for poor infertile couples

For four years, Le Thi Binh and her husband tried to have a baby. But it was not until the couple received free in vitro fertilization (IVF) from a charity programme based in HCM City that their dream became a reality. 

“No words can express what I felt at the time when doctors said that I was pregnant,” Binh said.

The charity Uom Mam Hanh Phuc (Nurturing Happiness) at My Duc Hospital in HCM City provided the free IVF treatment to the couple, who were too poor to pay for it.

Charity programme, free IVF treatment, poor infertile couples, Uom Mam Hanh Phuc, Nurturing Happiness, My Duc Hospital

Doctors at My Duc Hospital provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) to a woman.

“After one year of marriage, we visited an obstetrics hospital and another specializing in men’s health in HCM City. We were told that my husband’s health was the problem,” Bình said. “So we returned to our hometown and drank herbs since that was cheap. But, after one year, then two, and then three, we still had no child.”

One day, Binh read about the Uom Mam Hanh Phuc programme via social media and applied for it immediately. Binh and her husband are one of 86 couples who have participated in the charity programme since 2014, when it was founded. Each year, the charity chooses about 30 couples to take part in the programme.

Dr Nguyen Khanh Linh of My Duc Hospital said the number of couples in the programme’s 2018-2019 season had increased to 44.

Thus far, the programme has received 621 applicants in Vietnam, but only 167 of them have been chosen because of the charity’s limited funds.

Most of the funds are donated by My Duc Hospital’s staff and doctors, and several wealthy couples who have benefited from IVF at the hospital have also donated funds, with the hope of helping others who are less fortunate.

Dr Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, known as the “godmother of infertile couples” in the country and the first person in Vietnam to offer a fertility treatment in which embryos were introduced directly into the uterus, is Chairwoman of the HCM City Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Association.

She noted that many people in the country were still poor, “so the cost for IVF, which is actually lower than in many other countries, is higher than their income.”

Financial assistance is especially needed because of family pressure and discriminatory attitudes.

Linh said the fund should cover part of the costs and regulate the proportion of coverage for IVF treatment. Other charity programmes to assist poor infertile couples are also being provided at other hospitals in the country.

 

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Source: VNS/VNA

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