The World Health Organization fact sheet on infertility gives a short overview of the global problem of infertility including etiology, burden of disease and access to fertility care. WHO recognizes that the provision of high-quality services for family-planning, including fertility care services, is one of the core elements of reproductive health.
WHO is committed to addressing infertility and fertility care by:
- Collaborating with partners to conduct global epidemiological and etiological research into infertility.
- Engaging and facilitating policy dialogue with countries worldwide to frame infertility within an enabling legal and policy environment.
- Supporting the generation of data on the burden of infertility to inform resource allocation and provision of services.
- Developing guidelines on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility, as part of the global norms and standards of quality care related to fertility care.
- Continually revising and updating other normative products, including the WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen.
- Collaborating with relevant stakeholders including academic centres, ministries of health, other UN organizations, non-state actors (NSAs) and other partners to strengthen political commitment, availability and health system capacity to deliver fertility care globally.
- Providing country-level technical support to member states to develop or strengthen implementation of national fertility policies and services.