Sali International School of Fertility Medicine (SISFM) is an Institution of higher learning established in Uganda to pioneer graduate education, research, capacity development, and dissemination of knowledge and information in the fields of gynecological endoscopic surgery, clinical embryology, andrology, assisted reproductive technologies, sexual reproductive health, infertility, and fertility preservation.
Founded by nationally renowned fertility expert, Dr Edward Tamale Sali, a fellow of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (UK), the academic programmes of the School are implemented using a variety of learning strategies including online, face-to-face, and blended teaching methods.
The educational and research activities of the School is supported by the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre (WHI), Kampala, Uganda, Sali International Hospital, Dar es Salam, Tanzania, and Lusaka IVF Clinic, Lusaka, Zambia. WHI is the first hospital in East and Central Africa to register the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby and the first hospital in Uganda to have carried out laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
All the supporting hospitals house facilities that support oocyte stimulation and retrieval, IVF, intra cytoplasmic sperm insemination (ICSI), intrauterine insemination (IUI), semen and oocyte/embryo cryopreservation, HIV sperm washing, sex selection, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and laboratory investigations such as hormonal and semen analysis.
The School’s primary focus is on the development of continuous professional development, graduate-degree and certificate programmes in gynaecological endoscopic surgery, clinical embryology, sexual reproductive health, assisted reproduction, infertility, and fertility preservation. These programmes are not currently offered by institutions of higher education in the country and region.
Our academic programme curricula reflects on core set of courses directed at developing competencies and skills in leadership, ethics and professionalism, trans-disciplinary practice, applied and translational research, professional development and in-service training, innovation, as well as information dissemination (publication and communication to the larger community) in fertility medicine and gynaecology endoscopy.
These fundamental core activities are embedded in the School curricula and research activities; and are central to addressing critical needs for professionals with skills, and competencies in fields of assisted reproductive technology practice in the nation, region and beyond.
The true expertise of the graduates of the school will be their ability to demonstrate leadership in the application of evidence-based practices in diverse settings, addressing the key issues of fertility and gynaecological disorders in the population and preservation of fertility as well as the health of the affected individuals.
To become an international educational institution with a reputation for excellence in fertility medicine and endoscopy surgery.
To provide innovative graduate education to the next generation of fertility medicine specialists who will manage fertility centres and conduct independent research.
Knowledge: To discover, interpret and disseminate new knowledge that promotes and restores health.
Integrity: To carry out our responsibilities to patients, students and colleagues that embraces the very highest standards of professionalism, ethical behaviour and exemplary moral standards.
Excellence and Innovation: To excel through innovative conduct and advancement of education, research and patient care.
Partnerships and collaborations: To partner in education, research and health care for the greater good of the communities, recognizing that our combined efforts exceed what we can accomplish individually.
Accountability: honouring commitments to students, educational partners, workforce partners, and the communities we serve. We intentionally foster respect, civic responsibility, and humanitarianism as both individuals and an institution.
SISFM has the following main educational objectives: