Govt to push artificial insemination to boost birth rate

Newborn babies clad in knitwear
Newborn babies clad in knitwear

CHIANG MAI: The Ministry of Public Health will soon announce measures to promote artificial insemination among people wanting to be parents.

The measures include promoting procedures among single women and the LGBTQ+ community as part of efforts to boost the birth rate.

Minister Cholnan Srikaew said during a meeting with Jos Vandelaer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative for Thailand at Nakhonping Hospital on Monday that the ministry has assigned the Department of Health (DoH) to come up with measures to support access to infertility treatments and conception-related counselling.

The DoH was told to find ways to maximise the ability to provide artificial insemination procedures including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) services for those in need.

A law amendment to make infertility treatment accessible to single women and the LGBTQ+ community is also under consideration, Dr Cholnan said, adding such an amendment is expected to be tabled in March.

The ministry plans to push infertility treatment as a fundamental benefit covered by the nation's health security scheme.

Boosting fertility has been placed on the national agenda under the "Give Birth, Great World" campaign, said Dr Cholnan.

The ministry has been working to protect the reproductive and sexual health rights of people, especially those in sensitive groups. This mission has received good support from international agencies, including the WHO, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), he said.

According to the Interior Ministry, the current population is 66,052,615, down 0.06%, or 37,860, compared to 2022. The number of births last year, 485,085, was the lowest in 70 years.


  • amendment: a small change that is made to a law -
  • artificial insemination: the process of making a woman or female animal pregnant by an artificial method of putting male sperm inside her, and not by sexual activity - การผสมเทียม
  • birth rate: the number of babies born every year in a place - อัตราเกิด
  • conception: the creation of a baby in the womb if the mother; the action of conceiving a child or of a child being conceived. -
  • fundamental: central; forming the necessary basis of something; serious and very important; affecting the most central and important parts of somethin - ซึ่งเป็นรากฐานสำคัญ, มูลฐาน
  • in vitro fertilisation: a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body: in vitro ("in glass") (Source: Wikipedia) -
  • infertility: condition of not being fertile, not able to make babies -
  • intrauterine (adj): within the uterus -
  • LGBTQ+: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer -
  • measures: actions that are intended to achieve or deal with something - มาตราการ
  • reproductive (adjective): related to making babies - เกี่ยวกับการสืบพันธุ์
  • table: to suggest formally in a meeting - เสนอเรื่องเข้าที่ประชุม
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