Hundreds of thousands of people from across Great
minority ethnic communities have problems starting a family.
People from minority ethnic communities across Great Britain are being
urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive
by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority – the UK’s
Fertility regulator – as new figures showing that hundreds of thousands
of people from these communities are having difficulty starting a family.
Estimates based on the most recent census break down the numbers of
people having problem conceiving as:
- 136,000 Asian people (including Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi)
- 68,000 Black people (including Caribbean and African)
- 16,500 Chinese people
and many thousands more from other ethnic groups.
The HFEA’s role as the UK’s Fertility Regulator is to ensure
that the fertility services people receive are safe and appropriate for
them. We are asking people who are having, have had, or are thinking
about fertility treatment to join our online patients panel Fertility
Views to help us to improve the quality of fertility services in the
UK. People can join the panel by going to Fertility views.
Vishnee Sauntoo, of the HFEA’s Equality and Diversity working
“ Our job is to make sure that the fertility treatment people
receive is safe and appropriate to them. One of the most important ways
do this is to listen to the people who have been through fertility treatment
or are starting to think about it.
_ One in seven couples in the UK have
some problem conceiving which adds up to hundreds of thousands of people
across the UK’s minority
_ We know that infertility is a difficult
and emotional experience and this can be even more difficult if people
feel unable to talk about
the problem to those close to them. Even though fertility problems are
quite common, people can feel that they are a failure if they are having
trouble getting pregnant. It can be even more difficult when friends
and other family members around them are having children, particularly
within those communities that place a strong value on family life.
_ We are concerned to make sure that
people undergoing fertility treatment receive services that are safe,
appropriate and sensitive to
their needs. We want people who have experienced treatment, or are currently
looking at having treatment, to sign up to our anonymous and confidential
patients’ panel to help us make services better for themselves
and others in the future.
_ The HFEA’s Equality and Diversity group are looking at
HFEA practices and policies and the information we provide to patients
to ensure that we reach all ethnic groups. Part of the group’s
work is to look at the best ways of reaching all fertility patients and
those who are thinking of fertility treatment.”