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Today in Brussels, Fertility Europe ExCo working on our advocacy plans for 2017:
A selection of the pictures of the action „I am one in 5. Let’s break the silence and talk about infertility”, within #EuropeanFertilityWeek.
Q&A session within the Fertility Show:
The Romanian infertility NGO Asociatia SOS Infertilitatea organised the 5th edition of the National Infertility Awareness Week, part of the #EuropeanFertilityWeek.
This year’s efforts were focused in Romania on advocacy and patients’ rights to receive the treatment guaranteed by law.
SOS Infertilitatea had a meeting with the Ministry of Health decision makers to discuss In Vitro Fertilisation Sub-Programme helping the infertile patients in Romania.
Here is the agenda of the Romanian campaign:
The Romanian members were also very active on social media with campaigns „I am 1 in 5” and the anti-stigma action „IVF mum and proud of it”, and also organised on Facebook a live Q&A session for patients.
The European Fertility Week finished in Romania with ‘WE WANT CHILDREN’ meetings of SOS Infertilitatea members with friends and sympathizers in Bucharest and Iasi, discussing and advising on fertility/infertility, assisted reproductive technology and adoption. A part of the SOS Infertilitatea volunteers say hello from Bucharest to Fertility Europe colleagues:
The chair of Fertility Europe, Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, was invited via Skype to make a presentation of Fertility Europe and how the European Fertility Week came up.
National Fertility Awareness Week in UK is so successful: so many press mentions and people, clinics, sister organisations, bloggers and others talking, tweeting and sharing info about the awareness week, fertility impact survey, the #HiddenFaces campaign, with its incredible pics, posters and videos, the #fertilityin5 social media campaign, fertility myths and five ages of female fertility infographics.
Their very moving #HiddenFaces pictures and 12 videos featuring a range of fertility issues and media volunteers: women, men and couples, raised awareness of the most difficult faces of infertility like failed treatments or decision about using a donor.
The #fertilityin5 encouraged to share emotions and experience in 5 words.
Facebook reached peak 60,156; from 12,178 the week before NFAW and Twitter followers increased by 126 followers: from 8,586 to 8,712 over the two week period.
Big event today in Paris! The French Fertility Europe member, MAIA, and partners is organizing in Paris the 3rd National Infertility Day, with health professionals and experts. A famous French TV actress, Laëtitia Milot, struggling for years to conceive a child, is the god mother of the event.
The French National Infertility Day – part of the #EuropeanFertilityWeek – was this year also a big success.
In the picture: Olivia (from Famili, the press partner), Laëtitia (the godmother of the Infertility Day), Docteur Thierry Harvey (the anchorman of the event), and Laëtitia (the MAIA Chairwoman).
Freya, our member from the Netherlands, is celebrating #EuropeanFertilityWeek with us. The national actions within the European Fertility Week 2016 in the Netherlands was focusing on supporting patients with infertility problems. Our friends from Freya created a lot of media coverage on childlessness and social and psychological problems associated with it.
A video with testimonies „1in6” and blogging contest provided very powerful voice of the patients themselves.
The poem about childlessness shared on their Facebook fanpage attracted 1.000.000 likes!
The event – meeting on ‘You and your social support group’ and a poster sent to all the infertility clinics in Holland was aimed to increase awareness of non-medical aspects of support for the people suffering infertility.
More details, on Freya’s FB page.
Fertility Network UK achieved extensive press coverage from the daily papers through the magazines and the television, including BBC breakfast interviewing Susan Seenan – FNUK Chief Executive and a film featuring FNUK volunteers.
BBC Family and Education news run an item on miscarriage for National Fertility Awareness Week, raining awareness of the issue that affects many women trying to start a family.
From our member FNUK:
„Great start to our National Fertility Awareness Week with a slot on BBC Breakfast TV this morning, highlighting issues including the emotional impact of fertility problems and the fact that men matter too. Don’t forget as well as #NFAWUK it’s also #EuropeanFertilityWeek organised by Fertility Europe.”
Susan Seenan, Fertility Network UK Chief Executive and member of the FE Working Group MORE, on BBCBreakfast: