Almost 30% of young women in Kenya report to have experienced sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) at least once in their lifetimes. ICRHK has supported the SGBV center at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, a national referral hospital with a catchment population of over one million people, for over a decade. Since then, over 7,000 survivors have received post-SV care at the center.

This year’s theme at the International Conference for AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) was “AIDS FREE AFRICA - Innovation, Community, and Political Leadership". The conference which was held in Kigali, Rwanda, brought together over 10,000 participants from all continents.

Twenty five years ago the International Centre of Reproductive Health (ICRH) was founded by Professor Marleen Temmerman, as a response to the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. It was established first at Ghent University, but today ICRH has three sister organisations in Belgium, Kenya and Mozambique with strong collaborations with other partners worldwide. A quarter of a century later, this had to be celebrated, so in November there were events planned in Mombasa, Kenya and Ghent, Belgium.

Unsafe abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality in Mozambique, and in 2014 the country liberalised its law in relation to abortion, significantly increasing the conditions under which it is legal to obtain a safe abortion.

On November 20-21, ICRH’s dr. Katrina Perehudoff attended the first Global Essential Medicines (GEM) meeting organised by Prof. Nav Persaud at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

On 21 November 2019, during an official visit of the province of East Flanders to the Chinese Hebei province, an agreement was signed establishing a joint laboratory for global health between Ghent University (Belgium) and Hebei Medical University (China).

This autumn ICRH celebrated its 25th birthday

In het kader van een onderzoek naar seksueel geweld bij ouderen & verzoekers om internationale bescherming/asielzoekers is het International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) van de Universiteit Gent op zoek naar interviewers die op vrijwillige basis (met vrijwilligersvergoeding) willen meewerken in de periode januari 2020 tem april 2020.

Dr. Michelle M. Gills successfully defende her PhD at Ghent University "Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: Approaches to improving antenatal care and male involvement"

Alexander De Croo will address SDGs 3 and 5 in his lecture about gender equality. All Ghent University students are welcome at the lecture on December 10th at 6 p.m. in the 'Aula' in Ghent.