Fertility Support Community appoints advisory board

Fertility Support Community's advisory board. (Photo/FSC)

Local NGO, Fertility Support Community (FSC) has appointed an advisory board.

The seven-member board was appointed for a one-year period. They include three health experts, one technical expert, one lawyer, and two of the NGO’s ordinary members.

FSC said all seven members were long-time contributors to the NGO, and had experience and technical expertise in the field.

The seven members appointed to FSC’s advisory board are:

  • Dr. Zakiya Ahmed
  • Dr. Mohamed Siruhan
  • Fathimath Asiyath
  • Aminath Vulau Mohamed Nazim
  • Aishath Shifana Wajyh
  • Aishath Sheena Mohamed
  • Raudha Mohamed

FSC had launched an IVF Fund to support people with fertility issues who are unable to take IVF treatment due to financial constraints, last year.

The NGO said the deadline for applications for the IVF Fund expires on June 15. Candidates selected for support will be notified in July.

The fund will support five couples get IVF treatment this year.

Couples above the age of 25 and who have been married for at least two years are eligible for the fund. FSC also allows special exceptions for couples who aren’t 25 years under exceptional health considerations.

Applicants need to pay MVR 200 as application fee. The selection is made through a draw.

Applications will be reviewed by the NGO’s executive committee and passed by the advisory committee.

FSC was founded in January 2021 to raise public awareness regarding fertility issues and the available treatment options, and provide psychological support to people with fertility issues.

The NGO began with regular peer-to-peer support group sessions, and went on to expand activities with various sessions with the assistance of both local and international fertility experts. The organization now has over 400 active members across Maldives.