7,000 couples receive chance to have children as Kazakhstan increases IVF quotas
7,000 childless married couples in Kazakhstan will be able to use quota for in-vitro fertilization programs starting next year. This opportunity will be provided by the state as part of the launch of a special program ‘Ansagan Sabi’ (Long-desired child). President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced this recently during his state-of-the-nation address. He said that every sixth family in the country cannot have children, while, according to opinion polls, nearly 20 percent of Kazakh citizens consider this to be a valid argument for divorce. Doctors said that many childless couples now have the hope of finally becoming parents. The main thing for them now is not to miss this chance.
“We have women who apply for a quota, and receive it only after three or four years, which is too late. Sometimes it can be that a woman registers at the age of 28 and when she turns 32, we tell her that, unfortunately, it is too late for her to use the quota, and so on. The news, when it was decided that 7,000 married couples would get a real opportunity to have their own children, got the public excited. Women and couples write to us or come and ask if they can apply. Sure, they can. This is their real chance,” said Director General of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine Tamara Dzhussubaliyeva.
Not every married couple can afford an expensive IVF procedure. Among those who did not lose hope of becoming a mother was Perizat Meshitbayeva from Kyzylorda. She and her husband have been dreaming about it for more than 10 years. However, the IVF was beyond their family’s means. Therefore, Meshitbayeva joined the waiting list for the quota. It took her a long time of waiting. The state had previously allocated only 1,000 quotas every year.
“I applied for the quota four years ago. At the beginning of summer, I got a call saying I could use the quota. I was so happy. Now I am going through all the necessary procedures. I know a lot of people who, like me, have been waiting for their turn for several years,” Meshitbayeva said.
To date, in Almaty alone, 1,380 women are on the waiting list. According to the preliminary estimates of the fertility specialists, now they will be able to do the free IVF within the next year. They will not have to wait as long as before.
“While previously requirements to qualify for quotas were limited, now, as their number increases, the requirements for IVF for every woman with infertility are expanding accordingly. They don’t have to wait for four years,” Dzhussubaliyeva stressed.
President Tokayev stressed that the family and demographic situation is a matter of serious concern. Experts said that the sevenfold increase of IVF quotas will become a major support for childless families and will undoubtedly have an impact on the country’s demography.