NGO Status with the WHO
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that it had joined into official relations as a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) with the World Health Organization (WHO) beginning in 2014. The WHO Executive Board voted to approve ASRM's application earlier in the year.
“Illness is not limited by political boundaries. It is vital that we work with our colleagues from all over the world to improve the care of reproductive disorders. We are anxious to work with governments and other NGO's as we all strive to improve global reproductive health. Patients the world over deserve access to the best care possible. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is clear that this cannot happen by nations acting alone,”
–stated Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH, Acting President of the ASRM.
ASRM Executive Director Richard H. Reindollar, MD, speaking from a meeting of the Asian Pacific Initiative on Reproduction in Brisbane Australia added,
“While the formal recognition from WHO is new for us, a global presence is not. For many years a growing number of our members, and the intellectual energy they bring with them, have been international. We are thrilled to be entering into an official relationship with WHO and look forward to increasing our role as a member of the global health community.”