The final conference of the CERCA project will take place in Cuenca, Ecuador on 11, 12 and 13 February 2013. More than 800 participants, including scientists, health providers, policy makers and adolescents will discuss on the results of the CERCA research and the implications for the future.

ICRH offers research internship opportunities to postgraduates considering a career in repro¬ductive 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.

Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman established ICRH in 1994, and she continued to lead the centre until October 2013, when she became head of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organisation of the United Nations in Geneva.
In setting up the Marleen Temmerman Fund, the University of Ghent wishes to pay tribute to this spirited academic, and to continue supporting the further development of the ICRH. Each year, the Fund selects a few projects to which it wishes to make a financial contribution.

November 25th was a busy day at ICRH, in the afternoon, 2 PhD students defended their PhD thesis successfully at Ghent University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences:

At 2 p.m. Simukai Shamu defended his thesis entitled: The dynamics of intimate partner violence during pregnancy and linkages with HIV infection and disclosure in Zimbabwe. You can read more information and download the thesis on this link

In 1994, the international community committed at the ICPD in Cairo to give every woman and every couple the right and the means to decide freely on the number and spacing of their children. Almost 20 years later, more than 200 million women are still lacking access to modern contraceptives, and every year some 150,000 women pay for this with their lives. The failure to provide universal access to contraception does not only harm the health of many women, it also prevents numerous girls and young women to finalize their education, develop their careers and fulfil their dreams.

The Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched a call for members of its Technical Review Panel 2014-2016. For more information see:


Dr. Inge Tency defended her PhD thesis entitled: "Inflammatory response in maternal serum during preterm labour" on June 28th 2013 at Ghent University.

Dr. Marlise Richter defended her PhD thesis entitled: Characteristics, sexual behaviour and access to health care services for sex workers in South Africa and Kenya on June 18th 2013 at Ghent University.

ICRH Belgium proudly presented their ICRH Activity Report 2012, the launch took place on 31 May at 5 pm in in their new offices at the Ghent University Hospital Campus

You can download a copy on the link below:


"Female Condoms are a Woman's bargaining Power" a movie production of Charlie Bland and Karel Blondeel in collabaration with ICRH Kenya is one of the winning movies on the International Female Condom Film Contest of the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Link to the website and the winning movies: