People all over the world seem to be getting excited about the fact that IVF turns 40 this year and this month I visited Africa for the first time enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the Marrakech Fertility Institute in Morocco.

It was a fantastic few days where I appeared at a symposium dressed in Moroccan national costume, which included a tiara!

The IVF specialists attending made a real fuss of me and we celebrated with a massive birthday cake and I learned a few Arabic dances and songs. Our fantastic hosts, Dr Hassam Boudrar and Dr Fouad Bayane invited the media and there were discussions about how clinics are helping so many people overcome fertility issues.

To be on the continent of Africa at events to celebrate the 40 years brought home to me how truly global the impact of the work of Patrick Steptoe and Bob Edwards had on the world.