Compiling this ICRH Global end-of-the-year newsletter and reading about the many events and output of these wonderful teams made me feel very proud.
Two high-level awards were presented to ICRH team members: Prof Ines Keygnaert received the very prestigious Marie Popelin Prize for her work on sexual and gender-based violence in Belgium and beyond, and Dr Griffins Manguro was awarded as one of the top 40 influential leaders under 40 in Kenya. Congratulations to Ines, Griffins and their teams!

ICRH Mozambique trained the community leaders from 3 locations in the Changara district on safe abortion. Our aim is to raise awareness about the law on safe abortion and about the available services at the Health Unit. In rural areas, local leaders have great influence on the communities. By training these leaders we want to reduce the stigma and discrimination still surrounding abortion in local communities.

Since last November ICRH Mozambique, in partnership with the Center for Collaboration in Health (CCS), has been implementing the project ‘Reinforce adherence and retention of patients to ART and screening for TB’ in Tete Province.

The Ministry of Health (MISAU) and its members of the technical group family planning trained 17 trainers on the supply and administration of the self-injecting contraceptive Sayana Press.

The Mozambican Ministry of Health has approved SRHR interpersonal communication materials for adolescents, including a guide to facilitate community dialogues to promote communication between parents and children, within the scope of the implementation of the ‘Bate-Papo Sem Tabus’ (Chat without taboos) project.

ICRH Kenya hosted Ms. Deloris Jordan, the founder of the Kenya Women and Children's Wellness Center in Nairobi, Kenya. She was accompanied by Prof. Marleen Temmerman, founder of ICRHK and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Women, Child and Adolescent Health at Aga Khan University, East Africa.

The involvement of stakeholders is an interactive ongoing process that ICRH Kenya undertakes during the development of health research and interventions to ensure proposals are grounded in reality and to promote ownership and responsibility.

ICRH Kenya has enjoyed a cordial relationship with various government agencies. We participated in the meeting convened by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) with the aim of discussing the agency’s technical staff capacity gaps and needs in research.
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ICRH Kenya is implementing Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), a platform that has been providing data for regular tracking of progress and for understanding the drivers of contraceptive use dynamics, information that is not currently measured by other large-scale surveys.

To celebrate this annual event, ICRH Kenya participated in several activities, including a visit to the Nyali Sub-County Police Headquarters to appreciate the police for their support and involvement in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Through the Linda Mtoto project, ICRHK also organized a Child Protection-themed writing and painting competition among Mombasa County schoolchildren.

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