The Assisted Conception Unit in Hamad Medical Corporation: An Overview, Achievements, and Future Directions
Hasan Burjaq, Moza Al-Bader,
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Hamad Medical Corporation
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Citation: Hasan Burjaq MHS, Moza Al-Bader PhD, Mohamed Shahata FRCOG (2020). The Assisted Conception Unit in Hamad Medical Corporation: An Overview, Achievements, and Future Directions.
Copyright: 2020 Hasan Burjaq, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The global rise in the number of people suffering from primary and secondary infertility has resulted in an increased number of assisted conception units opening their doors for couples seeking In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. This paper aims to review the current situation of the first and major provider of IVF services in Qatar. It provides an overview of the establishment of the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) in Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC); its achievements and prospects. Since its opening in 1993, the unit has brought hope to infertile couples in Qatar. The number of treatment cycles performed in the unit has increased progressively to reach more than 1500 cycles in 2019 with 51.3% clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer for all age groups. With its transition to the new location in the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), the prospects of the unit are promising with aspirations to expand the services to embrace double the number of treatment cycles performed currently and to become a regional center of excellence in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) providing superior quality care and outcomes to infertility patients.
Keywords: Assisted Conception Unit, IVF, Qatar, ART, Hamad Medical Corporation