On this International Sex Worker Day, the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) at Ghent University would like to show its solidarity with all women, men, and transgender men and women who work in the sex industry globally.

The European FP7 MOMI project have finalized their evaluation report. It can be downloaded via the project webpage.

The ‘Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health’ (MOMI) project focused on the need to upgrade postpartum care. The overall project objective was ‘to improve maternal and newborn health through a focus on the postpartum (PP) period, adopting context-specific strategies to strengthen health care delivery and services at both facility and community level in four sub-Saharan countries’. The study was implemented in Kaya district in Burkina Faso, Kwale district in Kenya (Matuga constituency), Ntchisi district in Malawi and Chiuta district in Mozambique. It started in February 2011 and has run for 5 years.

In the afternoon of May 4, Qu Xing, Ambassador at the Embassy met the former Director of the Reproductive Health and Research Division of the World Health Organization, Professor Marleen Temmerman of Ghent University, the founding director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH).

On March 11th, Els Duysburgh successfully defend her doctoral thesis:
"Quality of Maternal and Infant Care in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities"

Prof. Olivier Degomme (ICRH-UGent) received the prestigious BOF starting grant from the University of Ghent in December 2015, to work on patterns of health care utilization among gender based violence survivors in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya.

SH-CAPAC is a European project supporting European countries under pressure of large migration, in ensuring effective healthcare for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants.
Last year, more than 1 million refugees entered Europe. They often come from a violent, problematic environment and therefore have specific medical and psychological needs. The healthcare system in the different European countries is still not adapted to the needs of these new population groups. SH-CAPAC therefore supports the Member States by offering a series of coordination and support mechanisms for these specific challenges in health care.

ICRH is working on understanding prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation, crucial in eliminating this practice.

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