PERFITRI, is an association, which brought together from the doctors and other experts who provide services and has interest in the field of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in Indonesia. In English, PERFITRI called as the Indonesian Association for In Vitro Fertilization (IAIVF). It was founded on March 13, 2009 in Jakarta.
It has been more than 30 years since Louis Brown was born on July 25th 1978 by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards at Bourn Hall Clinic, United Kingdom. Nowadays almost 5 million babies all over the world have been successfully delivered by this technique. Improvement of knowledge and technologies brought IVF as one of procedure which could solve the problems of many infertile couples, including in Indonesia.
The first Indonesian IVF technique was done at Harapan Kita Children and Maternal Hospital Jakarta in 1987. It was performed by Sudraji Sumapraja, and colleagues. The inspiration came from Prof.DR. Ing. BJ Habibie speech in 1983. Which is mentioned that Indonesia had to follow developed country technology. At the end of 1985 when Sudraji Sumapraja became vice director of Harapan Kita Children and Maternal Hospital, he got the idea to launch the IVF program in this hospital.
This idea considers as a bomb back in that day. The first IVF program was named as Melati. Melati is an acronime of Melahirkan Anak Tabung Indonesia.
In April 16th 1987, the IVF team was formed according to the letter 011/RSAB/DIR/IV/1987 and 053/RSAB/DIR/VII/1987. The first conventional IVF had been successful, and delivered the first Indonesian IVF baby, Nugroho Karyanto on Mei 2nd 1988. And the history continue after that:
Although the IA-IVF is still relatively young, but it has a lot of members, which is 23 units IVF center and 105 individual members are spread all over Indonesia. Currently chaired by Prof. Soegiharto Soebijanto, MD, OG(REI),Phd.
As a national organization, IA-IVF has a vision to improve access of patients receiving care of IVF in Indonesia. In order to achieve the goals, Ia-IVF is trying to set standards and guidelines of IVF services, improving the referral system of infertility, as well as developing IVF services at reasonable costs in Indonesia.