Welcome to the 20Th anniversary of the Latin American Registry of ART (RLA). Looking at our past and projecting to our future.
The JBRA Assisted Reproduction, on behalf of SBRA, welcomes the Latin American community, honored with the opportunity to represent a legitimate vehicle to receive the award-winning RLA record data on reproductive medicine.
It is at the expense of visionaries who dreamt and, most importantly, had the will to make their dream reality that we proudly present this 20 years report of the Latin American Register on Assisted Reproductive Technology. The pioneers were specialists from nineteen IVF centers from 12 countries in Latin American who started the registry in 1990. Later on, in 1996, representatives from each of the 59 centers reporting to the RLA started new adventures and founded the Latin American Network of Assisted Reproduction (REDLARA).
Throughout the years, the RLA, directed by Fernando Zegers, with a small group of professionals are continuously developing strategies to obtain good quality data, which has meant providing the professional community with rigorous information where to rely and on the other hand, develop regional strategies in order to procure safe and better quality treatments to our patients. Serono and Organon have generously provided economic resources first to RLA and then to REDLARA for more than 20 years; and today, support has continued through Merck Serono and MSD, respectively.
Upon its foundation, REDLARA started regional educational programs focused on preparing embryologists and clinicians for the process of centers accreditation. Since 1996, all centers willing to report to RLA and become members of REDLARA undergo a periodic accreditation process whereby infrastructure, equipment, personnel, use of appropriate consent forms, and veracity of the information reported to the RLA are checked for quality and consistency.
Today, the four pillars upon which REDLARA stands, are: the RLA, the Accreditation process with its independent professional body, an active Education program and a permanent forum for Ethical discussions
Latin America performs today a mean of 75 cycles per million inhabitants, compared with most European countries performing between 1000 and 2000 cycles per million. There is a growing need to stand up as a unified region and contribute to make infertility treatments available to more people. There are large gaps to fill in. What about the future? For REDLARA it is essential to develop alternative paths to gain autonomy and establish alliances with other global organizations worldwide.
REDLARA needs to play an active role in the generation of consciousness in our professional community and in policy makers in order to make fertility treatments possible and promote safety and efficacy in the practice of ART in our region.
Maria do Carmo Borges de Souza
JBRA Assisted Reproduction Editor
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