Ashiru becomes first black Secretary General of IFFS
The joint pioneer of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) in Nigeria and Medical Director of Medical Art Centre (MART) Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, became the first black to be elected as the Secretary-General of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), on April 6, 2022.
The election, which took place at the General Assembly of the World Fertility Congress in Athens, Greece, was for the leadership of the world body for the 2022-2025 period. The IFFS World Congress provided a unique platform for attendees to convene, learn and discuss current advances in reproductive health, access to fertility care, and reproductive rights across the globe, and engage the patient perspective.
The theme of the 24th World Congress was “Exploring New Horizons in Fertility Care.” Renowned international faculty engaged attendees, while free communications and poster sessions offered an opportunity to share cutting-edge research and explore new ideas.
According to a statement by IFFS, the Society is a long-standing global organisation representing National Fertility Societies since 1968. “We represent over 65 United Nations (UN) country-specific Fertility Societies that, in the aggregate, encompass an estimated 50,000 physicians and reproduction medicine specialists worldwide, including various healthcare professionals. The IFFS is the world body on Fertility and a non-state organisation in an official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Our worldwide mission is to stimulate research, disseminate educational information, and promote the superior clinical care of patients in all aspects of reproductive and Fertility medicine. All women and men have access to quality fertility and reproductive health care. As a Non-State Actor (NSA), we promote and develop educational initiatives in reproductive health in support of WHO aims and objectives and the renewed focus and prioritisation, which the WHO has given to infertility as a disease,” it noted.
Ashiru is also the President of the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria and the Africa Reproductive Care Society, was the Assistant Secretary-General of IFFS since 2019.
The new Executive leadership team has Dr. Edgar Mocanu (UK) as President; Prof Marcus Holton (Argentina) as President-elect; Prof Oladapo Ashiru (Nigeria) as Secretary-General (SG); Dr. Eileen Malano (Philippines), Assistant SG; Dr. Rishma Pai (India), Treasurer; Dr. Lana Retchitsky (USA) Assistant Treasurer; and Prof Linda Guidice (USA) Immediate past President; and Dr. Zi Jiang Chen (China) as Special Envoy for International relations; has promised to focus on improved Reproductive Health throughout the globe. Nigeria Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health has been an active member of IFFS since 1986, and is also a Country member of the International Executive Board represented by the its current President Dr. Ibrahim Wada.