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.

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.