Embracing hope

Plans to extend IVF services to the private sector, with the Government covering all associated expenses, including medication costs and service fees.

Imagine the heartache of yearning for a child, only to face the harsh reality that nature has other plans. For countless individuals and couples, the inability to conceive naturally is not just a medical challenge, but a deeply personal and emotional journey loaded with longing, disappointment, and uncertainty.  

There are, however, alternative paths to parenthood. In fact, between 2013 and last March, a total of 590 babies were born through IVF. IVF stands for ‘in vitro fertilisation’, a fertility treatment where eggs are collected from a woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised eggs, or embryos, are then implanted into the woman’s uterus with the goal of achieving a successful pregnancy.

Today, IVF stands as a testament of hope for prospective parents, achieved through collaborative efforts between the Government and the couples and families benefiting from this advancement. In a recent announcement in Ħal Għargħur, Prime Minister Robert Abela revealed plans to extend IVF services to the private sector, with the Government covering all associated expenses, including medication costs and service fees.  This decision stems from a strategic partnership forged between the Government and the private sector to address the backlog of couples awaiting IVF services.

Upon assuming office in 2013, the Labour Party swiftly responded to the pleas of couples struggling with infertility, fulfilling promises outlined in the electoral manifesto ‘Malta Flimkien’. These measures, implemented within the Government’s first hundred days, aimed to enhance accessibility to IVF treatments and support services. In July 2022, the Government proposed amendments to strengthen IVF legislation, expanding eligibility criteria and increasing the number of free IVF cycles.

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