Indonesian Association for In Vitro Fertilization, or IAIVF in short,was established in 2009 to support IVF practice in Indonesia and has made some adjustments, set the policy, and made good coordination with the government. In order to spread the scope and be involved in global community, IAIVF is arranging its first congress in Jakarta and inviting 17 international well-known IVF experts as well as 27 national speakers to give the most current knowledge and advancement in the field of IVF. With the theme “Together towards easier, safer, affordable and more successfully IVF treatment”, this event will be beneficial for all experts involved in IAIVF to improve their services with the final goal to improve the success rate of IVF cycle in Indonesia.
There were 4 pre-congresses held simultaneously on February 13th, 2012. Pre-congress on Embryo Transfer, Ovarian Aging, and IVF Nurse Training were held in Gran Melia Hotel Ballroom, whilst the workshop on ICSI and Vitrification was held in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.
The congress was held in 2 days, February 14-15th, 2012; with the total number of participants attended the congress was 211 persons. The event was officially opened by the General Director of Health Development Efforts from the Indonesian Ministry of Health by hitting the Gong, after the Committee President and the IAIVF President has given an opening speech. There were 17 international faculty invited: Santiago Munne and Diego Ezcurra from USA, Paul Devroey, Human Fatemi, and Christophe Blockeel from Belgium, Yoshiharu Morimoto and Yuji Takehara from Japan, Lars Johansson from Swedia, Markus Montag from Germany, Chii Ruey Tzeng from Taiwan, Satish Kumar Adiga from India, Shin Yong Moon from South Korea, Mulyoto Pangestu from Australia, Teraporn Vutyavanich and Rung-Aroon Shreshtaputra from Thailand, Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan from Vietnam, and PC Wong from Singapore.
There were also 27 national speakers attended the meeting, Azen Salim, Soegiharto Soebijanto, Muchsin Jaffar, Hartanto Bayu Adji, Andon Hestiantoro, Muharam Natadisastra, Kanadi Sumapraja, Budi Wiweko, Gita Pratama, Eliza Mansyur, Tita Yuningsih, Siti Mariam, Endang Purdiningsih, Ivan Sini, Arief Boediono, Tono Djuwantono, Harris Harlianto, Ita Fauziah Hanoum, Samsulhadi, Aucky Hinting, Hendy Hendarto, Wiryawan Permadi, Sylvia Detri Elvira, Hadi Sjarbaini, Anisah, Shofwal Widad, Nugroho Setyawan, and Subiyanto.
Overall, the congress went well as the event goes as scheduled without any significant delay. The meals for the coffee breaks and the lunch were within the appropriate quantity and quality, as well as the exhibition went very well. There was no complaint neither from the speakers, the participants, nor the exhibitors.
Gala dinner was arranged for the speakers as well as for the participants on the evening of the second day of the congress, February 14th, 2012. Although there were several speakers who already got home, we managed to give some interesting traditional dances from several provinces in Indonesia for the rest of the speakers and our congress’ participants.
The Oleg Tamulilingan dance or a Bumblebee dance from Bali was performed as the opening performance, followed by a food serving attraction by the hotel staffs. After having the dinner, the speakers and the participants watched Saman dance from Aceh. The last performance was a Jaipong dance from Batavia and the speakers were asked to dance together with the dancers while being given a traditional beautiful scarf from all over Indonesia.
This event was endorsed by Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility (PRFS). We would like to send our gratitude to the above-mentioned societies whom had helped us for making this event successful. We would like to thank all of the national speakers as well as the international faculty who had spare their valuable time to come and share their knowledge to the congress’ participants. We would also like to thank all of the sponsors who had support us to make this event successful. Last but not least, we would like to thank all of our participants for coming and joining the 1st congress of IAIVF in Jakarta Indonesia.