Doctors Develop $260 Infertility Treatment for Poor World

Fox News, July 8, 2013

Belgian doctors have developed a low-cost version of test-tube baby technology for use in developing countries, where sophisticated Western systems are unaffordable for most couples.

The researchers said on Monday their simplified process costs around 200 euros ($260) per cycle of treatment and delivered results that were not much different to those seen with conventional in-vitro fertilization (IVF) program.

The price is just 10 to 15 percent of the current cost of Western-style IVF and suggests infertility care could one day become universally accessible, Elke Klerkx from the Genk Institute for Fertility Technology told a medical meeting.


“Infertility care is probably the most neglected healthcare problem of developing countries, affecting more than 2 million couples according to the WHO (World Health Organization),” Klerkx said.

In order to slash the price, Klerkx and her colleagues used an embryo culture method that removes the need for much of the expensive laboratory equipment found in European or North American IVF clinics.


“Our initial results are proof of principle that a simplified culture system designed for developing countries can offer affordable and successful opportunities for infertility treatment where IVF is the only solution,” said Klerkx. “This is a major step towards universal fertility care.”


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  • Homo_Occidentalis

    I remember how the “green revolution” in agriculture was supposed to have solved world hunger and how it supposedly prevented a billion people in the third world from starving to death. The un-grateful third-worlders showed how undeserving they were of these Western developed advances by continuing to have families of seven children, all of them doomed to starve to death and live miserably. These Belgians are doing abolutely NO ONE a favour by allowing these savages to breed in even greater numbers, especially not the Africans. Although I’m sure the plan all along has been to just airlift Africa’s excess population to Minnesota or Canada.

    • The__Bobster

      The elites are also saying that Europe needs more people. Guess where they’re supposed to come from.

      • Erasmus

        The “elites” are trying to create a race of easily dominated thralls.

    • Romulus

      The “green revolution”was nothing more than dumping 30million tons of ch4 lng fertilizer on the breadbasket each year in the nineties to increase yield.Importing more grids to Europe is insanity!!!

    • Fenria

      Thomas Malthus told us this would happen way back in the 1700’s, but no one wanted to listen to his inconvenient truths.

    • Erasmus

      Trying to feed the 3rd world through western aid is insanity. Their populations need to fall back to levels that are sustainable. “Helping” them out has only exacerbated their problems.

      • Svigor

        It’s totally irresponsible. It’s malice by way of charity, when you think about it; old cat lady in the middle of nowhere starts feeding cats and allowing them to breed, cat population explodes, old cat lady dies, massive die-off of cat population by starvation begins.

        We should be teaching 3rd worlders to fish, not simply giving them fish. Otherwise we’re just setting them off for massive die-offs via starvation when our economic situation no longer allows the charity.

    • MBlanc46

      Any caption with that image?

  • Belgian doctors will receive $240 out of that $260 for themselves.

  • Fertility?

    I thought that noted reproductive endocrinologist, Jeb Bush, recently said that third world Hispanics are more fertile.

    • Erasmus

      Jeb Bush is an idiot. Nothing more needs to be said.

      • The__Bobster

        I believe it runs in the family.

        Former President George W. Bush hails push for comprehensive immigration reform
        By S.A. MILLER, Post Correspondent
        Last Updated: 10:53 AM, July 7, 2013
        Posted: 10:34 AM, July 7, 2013

        WASHINGTON – Former President George W. Bush today cheered on the “progress” in pushing comprehensive immigration reform through Congress.

        “The legislative process can be ugly,” Bush said with a chuckle in an interview aired today on ABC’s “This Week.” “But it looks like they’re making some progress.”

        “It’s very important to fix a broken system, to treat people with respect, and have confidence in our capacity to assimilate people,” said the former president. “It’s a very difficult bill to pass because there’s a lot of moving parts.”

  • David Ashton

    Total madness…or is there a method in it?

  • Spartacus

    “Our initial results are proof of principle that a simplified culture
    system designed for developing countries can offer affordable and
    successful opportunities for infertility treatment where IVF is the only
    solution,” said Klerkx. “This is a major step towards universal
    fertility care.”


    This man should be impaled for treason.

    • Romulus

      I know of a volunteer who would be happy to oblige.

  • The__Bobster

    When did Afreaka ever have a fertility problem? That’s the one problem they don’t have.

    • Rick Brooks

      Africa is the only place left on the planet where the inhabitants still engage in indiscriminate spawning. The population of Africa is projected to TRIPLE by the end of the century when 1 in 3 people on earth will black Africans, up from only 1 in 10 historically. If you think Africans trying to infiltrate the European continent is scary now, just wait. Furthermore, if it wasn’t for Africa the world’s population would probably never exceed 7.5 billion; instead it could explode to 10 billion.

      • Fenria

        There is a reason why this fertility is being encouraged, and your answer is right here: “If you think Africans trying to infiltrate the European continent is scary now, just wait. ”

        This was MEANT to happen. This is an agenda. Africans are going to be used, along with muslims, to completely change then entire demographic of Europe, and if you don’t know who’s behind this agenda already, it’s the same old shyster who’s always hiding in the wings, rubbing his hands together, dreaming up new and novel ways to destroy white civilization.

      • Chinese American

        Those Africans who make it to Europe, become assimilated within a generation, speak perfect English (or the language of whatever part of Europe they are in), and even intermarry. So they become Europeans, and part of that place.

        • Fredrik_H


        • Rick Brooks

          Are you serious? If that’s the case then the land of your ancestors should open the door wide to African immigration shouldn’t they. After all, China has one of the most rapidly aging populations in the world and their population will be in declining in raw numbers in just a few decades. Not enough workers to pay for retirees, you know!! As for them speaking “perfect English,” most blacks in this country have roots stretching back several generations but many are unable to speak the English language correctly. Ever heard of Ebonics? I guess you believe in Asian countries for Asians but white countries for everyone.

        • The__Bobster

          Bollocks! They can’t speak English here, perfect or otherwise, and they’ve been here for centuries.

      • MBlanc46

        Fortunately, the Four Horsemen will be on hand to limit the population.

    • Chinese American

      There have always been more whites in the world than Africans. That remains the case today, with about 1.2 billion whites in the world compared with 900 million blacks.

      • Joseph Bryant

        That’s not going to be the case for very long given fertility rates and the average age of each group. Actually even most non-African Third World countries have finally declined in fertility in recent years, but not Africa. That’s going to make the second half of the 21st Century, um, interesting for the Global North.

  • Joseph Bryant

    Did these people think the film “Idiocracy” was an instruction manual?

  • IstvanIN

    Dr Klerkz should change her name to Dr Demento.

  • Luca

    It would have been a far better use of their time to come up with a $260 sterility treatment for the third-world. We will now have to borrow more money from China to give to these very fertile third-world cesspools where they are already multiplying beyond a sustainable level.

    When does the insanity stop? All overpopulation ever does is lead to starvation, disease, poverty and war.

  • Because no family should be deprived of the pitter-patter of little feet in their mud hut.

    • Erasmus

      It’s not just mud that gives the floor of that hut its rich chocolaty brown color.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’m guessing it isn’t chocolate….

  • DailyKenn

    Occasionally Western technology does something stupid.

  • evilsandmich

    Infertility care is probably the most neglected healthcare problem of developing countries

    The good doctor must derive her knowledge of ‘developing countries’ from a ouija board.

  • FalkoBaumgartner

    These Belgian geniuses give the term moronic idiocy an entirely new dimension. This invention is the proverbial fridge for the south pole.

  • Fenria

    Because the third world needs even more people who can barely care for themselves……

  • Chinese American

    Perhaps these Belgians are feeling guilty and want to do something to make up for the real genocide visited upon part of the African people a little over a hundred years ago.

    Having said that, the problem is not too many people in the world, but a small minority consuming a majority of the world’s resources.

    The average American environmental footprint is about 4 or 5 times that of the average Chinese and about 8 times that of the average Indian.

    Western countries are simply hogging too much of the world’s resources.

    • Daniel Schmuhl

      While they consume more this is true they’re also responsible for producing a great share of the world’s wealth so they’re not really taking away from other people. The problem isn’t really the number of people but rather the quality. Most of these IQ 70 Africans can’t do science or engineering and they’re mostly going to be a burden on the more advanced nations because of the declining demand for manual labor.

      • Chinese American

        I’m talking of impact on the global environment. And you are talking nonsense about the ‘majority’ of the world’s wealth. Even if so that wealth, as you say is enjoyed by Westerners themselves. But they are helping themselves to an unfair share of the world’s resources to produce that wealth. Much of the world’s wealth is now produced in the developing world —-but the wealth they create is enjoyed unequally —to the benefit of those in the West.

        • MarcusTrajanus

          The world isn’t fair, never has been, never will be.

        • Joseph Bryant

          Chinese concern for the environment? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

          • MBlanc46

            That is rich.

          • Joseph Bryant

            As someone who is very much an environmentalist (the Teddy Roosevelt kind, not the nutty leftist-luddite anti-industrial type) it really cracks me up.

            The United States government has an air quality monitor in the American Embassy in Beijing hooked up to a twitter account. It’s mostly for American and western expats. It’s our soverign territory so the Chinese government can’t do anything about it, despite it being so damning to them. Several times in the last year the air got so bad *the monitor couldn’t measure it*. The EPA said they didn’t even know that was possible!

            I closely follow environmental issues and China is the filthiest place on Earth bar none.

          • MBlanc46

            I’m not as keen on it as you are, but it appears to be common knowledge that Peking is overwhelmingly filthy. I’d be surprised if Chinese manufacturing comes anywhere close to Western standards for environmental protection.

          • Joseph Bryant

            The common reply you hear will be “well the West was dirty when it industrialized, too”! This is true but it ignores the fact our industrialization took place in the 1800s when technology to clean up industrial production didn’t exist. It does now. The Chinese could buy it, and they could make foreign companies use it. But they don’t because their government is astoundingly corrupt and doesn’t give a rip about environmental quality as long as they can line their pockets.

          • MBlanc46

            Very few people absorb any costs they aren’t forced to absorb. There’s no one to force the Chinese to do anything.

        • MBlanc46

          Enjoyed, for example, by the hordes of Chinese tourists, spending euros as if they were confetti, that I saw all over Italy on a recent visit.

        • The__Bobster

          From what I’ve seen, your tribe has been trying to lock up all the world’s wealth for yourselves….as well as the supply of tiger penises.

    • Joseph Bryant

      My main comment to you is awaiting moderation as it contained a link for some much needed reading material on the Belgian Congo. But the short version is that most of the abuses happened when it was the Congo Free State, a private feifdom belonging to the Belgian King. When administration was transferred to the Belgian Parliament after (white) outrage at the abuses, the Belgians set up a very competent and uncorrupt and humane administration that, by the 1950s, turned the Congo into a wealthy, orderly colony that exported all kinds of valuables to the whole world, and had a rapidly rising standard of living for its inhabitants. After independence it descended into hell very quickly. Even honest Congelese will tell you that now.

    • MBlanc46

      Well, shame on us.

  • Xerxes22

    One of the reasons that we pay outrageous prices for medical treatment here in the USA is that we are subsidizing the third world. The same is true of cell phones. The reason for the large number of cell phones in Africa is that they are dirt cheap while we pay a small fortune for them in the west.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    I thought they had developed a cheap method for making third worlders infertile (“Just what the Third World needs”). When I read the article I nearly fell off my chair. The Third World has more children than the know what to do with, any infertile couple could just adopt a local orphan or abandoned child like the ones idiot Westerners are always taking back home.

    I wonder what Elke Klerkx’ next project will be… treating obesity in Ethiopia, perhaps?

  • Joseph Bryant

    Mike Judge gets away with a surprising amount of that kind of thing, really. Hank Hill was probably the most positively portrayed straight white male on prime time TV in years, while his Asian neighbor was a jerk. Or look at the lampooning of the hippy liberal teacher on Beavis and Butthead. I always wonder what his political views are but he doesn’t make them known.

  • MBlanc46

    Oh boy. This sure solves an enduring problem in underdeveloped countries.

  • Orion_Blue

    This is truly unfortunate. The idiot environmentalists are open to every sort of pollution, save the most obvious.

    Who could be behind such an idiotic idea so as to give the already revotingly fecund hindmost, even more leverage in terms of out-breeding quality.

    If We ever needed a working definition of metastasis, then this is surely it.

  • Alexandra1973

    Okay…you have these left wing nutjobs screaming about overpopulation…yet these same nutjobs want to “stop hunger” in third-world countries.

    Maybe they mean overpopulation of whites…?

    (For the record, overpopulation is not even an issue, given that the worldwide average birth rate is below replacement level.)