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

ICRH is pleased to announce the approval by the Ghent University Board of the “Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) policy”. This network - one of the first three International Thematic Networks at Ghent University - aims to become a leading group for SRHR policy research and advice, having a profound impact on policies at different levels.

ICRH insists setting up courses on sexuality and relations in a culturally competent manner, starting from a positive approach to sexual health, and implementing it in all facilities involved in hosting refugees.

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) at Ghent University would like to take a moment to show our support for all those currently living with HIV infection and remember those who lost their lives due to AIDS or AIDS-related illness.

On December 7th, Howard Sobel successfully defended his PhD thesis at Ghent University: "Determinants of infant feeding practices and immunization status: a case study of the Philippines"

On November 10th 2015, Caroline De Schacht successfully defended her thesis ’Factors influencing mother-to-child transmission of HIV during pregnancy and breastfeeding in Mozambique'.

On 28 September, Peter Decat succesfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled: ‘Addressing the Unmet Contraceptive Need of Adolescents and Unmarried youth: Act or Interact? Learning from Comprehensive Interventions in China and Latin America’.

ICRH draws attention to the problem of sexual violence against and among refugees.

ICRH conducted a survey into the attitudes of hospitals in East Flanders towards the organisation of care for victims of sexual violence. The study, entitled ‘Towards a holistic approach to sexual violence: are reference centres a feasible and desirable model?, was financed by the Province of East Flanders. It revealed that a majority of the hospitals is in favour of a system of ‘reference centres’, in which integrated medical, psycho-social, legal and police assistance is centralized within specialized reference centres. This system appears to be more convenient for both care takers and victims.

ICRH offers research internship opportunities to postgraduates considering a career in reproductive health research. The program aims at exposing junior researchers to the various aspects of research with a focus on themes such as sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health, sexual violence and family planning.

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