Surat’s leading 21st Century IVF centre launches memorial fund to help childless couples conceive babies.

Dr Purnima Nadkarni Memorial Fund will bear 80% of the IVF cost for childless couples from low-income families.  

Surat (Gujarat) [India], November 25 : For childless couples from middle-class and financially weak backgrounds, In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) has always remained a pipe dream because of its significantly high cost in the country. But, not anymore.

For the first time in the country, the Surat-based 21st Century Fertility Centre has come as a harbinger of hope for the childless couples in Surat in particular and India in general. The hospital has announced the setting up of a special fund in the memory of its founder, Dr Purnima Nadkarni, which will bear about 80% of the IVF cost to help realize the dream of childless couples from the low-income group.

Thanks to the hospital promoters—Dr. Pooja Nadkarni, Dr Prabhakar Singh–for establishing Dr Purnima Nadkarni Memorial Fund to allow childless couples from low-income families to use the modern facilities at their IVF center. While the entire IVF procedure costs around Rs 1.50 lakh or more, a childless couple from a low-income family could pay Rs 35,000 for the procedure, with the hospital covering all other costs.

Dr Purnima Nadkarni, the renowned gynaecologist and infertility expert in the country, breathed her last on October 22, 2021. Dr Purnima had a dream to serve the childless couples in the rural areas as the infertility treatment and IVF procedure is not done in the New Civil Hospitals (NCHs) and the government hospitals in the state. However, the infertile couple from low-income families were unable to afford the high cost of IVF treatment.

Talking about the memorial fund, Dr. Pooja Nadkarni told TBT, “My mother had a dream to serve childless couples from the low-income families in rural areas. In her memory, we have launched the Dr Purnima Nadkarni Memorial fund where we will provide IVF procedures to about 10 patients in a month. Since IVF is a costly treatment, we will bear about   80% of the cost, while the patient will have to pay Rs 35,000”

The 21st Century IVF Centre was established at Killa Pardi in Valsad in 1995. About 15 years ago, another centre was started at Railway station road in Surat. The third centre was set up in the posh Athwalines at Jash Brian.

Gujarat’s Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi inaugurated Dr Purnima Nadkarni Memorial Fund scheme at the Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) Science Centre in the presence of various dignitaries from the city on Thursday.

Dr Nadkarni said, “Our hospital has a success rate of 80% in the IVF procedures. Recently, a 62-year-old woman gave birth to a test tube baby through IVF after she lost her young son in a road accident. Post-Covid, we have been getting many elderly couples for the test tube babies”