We are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients struggling with infertility and other reproductive endocrinology problems.
Infertility is an important public health problem in Ethiopia with an estimated 15 to 20% of couples suffering from the disease. Despite its magnitude, infertility has been a neglected disease because of other overarching reproductive health issues in the country. Our hospital, SPHMMC, is the first public health facility to offer advanced options of infertility treatment including In vitro fertilization (IVF). Although an achievement on its own, the service that we are able to provide is incomparable to the number of patients seeking the care. As a result, we have a long waiting list of patients that need an initial infertility evaluation at our center. Below is a step by step approach one can take to be evaluated for infertility related problems at the Regular infertility clinic.
- Patients need to have a referral from another public or private health facility that necessitates advanced infertility treatment options.
- Patients must come and register for an appointment of initial outpatient visit at Center for Reproductive Medicine (found at 22 area, 50 meters from Addis Hiwot General Hospital). The appointment may take upto 8 months, because of the sheer volume of clients visiting the center from all corners of the country and beyond.
- After the initial visit if the patient needs advanced infertility treatment (e.g. IVF), an additional 4 to 6 month wait may be needed till the treatment is offered.
An alternative to the Regular infertility clinic is the Private wing service that is also offered at the same facility. This program is opened with the aim of ensuring the long term sustainability of the center. The revenue generated from it will help cover the high running cost of the center, as it cannot be fully covered by the government. Unlike the regular clinic, patients in the private wing are expected to pay for all services rendered at the clinic. Patients are evaluated within 1 to 2 weeks of initial registry and if need be, can undergo advanced infertility treatment within 2 months.
Commonly asked questions
How much does IVF cost?
IVF is one of the most expensive modalities of treatment in the medical field. This is mainly because of the very high cost of consumables and drugs needed for the service.
Regular clinic (subsidized cost)- 25,000 to 70,000 birr
Private wing- 60,000 to 120,000 birr
I had an appointment at the regular clinic but I wasn’t called. What should I do?
As mentioned earlier, there is a long waiting list. Please wait patiently for your turn. If your appointment is more than one year, please directly contact the reception at our center to see your appointment date.