Zoë Pesonen is an intern at ICRH Belgium. She helps in the development of the genomic sensor of the ELEVATE project. Zoë is a bioengineer fascinated by genomic sciences and she likes to have a foot in development work. Usually you can find her on campus, pipetting in the LBR lab, but you’ll find her sunbathing on a bench at lunchtime. 

“After 7 years as Director of ICRH Mozambique, the time has come to move on. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done in this time across the country and particularly in the Tete and Maputo provinces. We have improved access to comprehensive SRH information and services, particularly for women, adolescents and sex workers. We have contributed to shifting attitudes to become more supportive of the reproductive rights of these groups. And we have strengthened our research capacity to become a reference organization for SRH research for both Mozambican and international partners.

The Obada Prize is an international award initiated as a recognition of his excellence Professor Abdel-Shafy Obad, Nile University, Egypt. The Obada Prize recognizes and encourages innovative, interdisciplinary research across boundaries and paradigms; fostering excellence, creativity, justice, democracy; promoting scientific, technological, humanistic achievements that improve our world.

ICRH Kenya in conjunction with Pathfinder International conducted sensitization training for female sex workers mentors on female condom education and promotion in Mombasa and Kilifi County.

More and more women and girls are joining the safe abortion service at the Chitima Health Center in the Cahora Bassa district (Tete province, Mozambique). From January to May 2021, more than 60 users have appealed to the service.

The 160 Girls project creates awareness on sexual violence and referral pathways of the cases among school going children. It seeks to hold the police and the Kenyan state accountable for the enforcement of defilement laws to ensure they protect girls in Kenya from this most appalling form of violence. ICRH Kenya recently concluded the 160 Girls Virtual Justice Clubs close-out for its pilot phase, supported by Equality Effect.

The Linda Mtoto project contributes to the protection and improvement of the health of children who are at risk of and affected by sexual abuse and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). ICRH Kenya recently engaged head teachers and principals in a program inception and review meeting to prepare for the implementation of school interventions through this project.

ICRH Kenya participated in several university engagement meetings to ensure that academic institutions are aware of existing family planning data that can be utilized for research and academic writing, thereby generating demand for PMA data. The county engagement forum enabled county teams to share their best practices, and to discuss and document their action plan activities, based on gaps identified by the data.

ICRH Kenya in partnership with Jhpiego and the Ministry of Health recently released the Phase 2 National Family Planning survey results in Nairobi through the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) project. One of the key findings was the increase in the use of modern methods of contraceptives.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated in Mozambique as well, aiming to create more awareness among young girls. ICRH Mozambique implemented a one-year project focused on menstrual health and delivered an education and information kit to the Provincial Health Directorate of Tete. The kit responds to a lack of knowledge and information for girls and young people, particularly in the province of Tete but by extension in the whole country.