25 years after the ICPD conference in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted a landmark Program of Action to empower women and girls, the Nairobi summit ICPD +25 aimed to mobilize political will and financial commitments centered on eliminating preventable maternal deaths, sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls, and the need the need for family planning information and services.

In Mozambique there is increasing attention to addressing the sexual & reproductive health (SRH) issues faced by adolescent girls, including unplanned pregnancy, HIV/STIs, violence, and early marriage. A key issue for girls that is often not addressed in adolescent SRH programmes is menstrual health management (MHM).

On December 10th, ICRH Belgium was co-organizing a lecture on ‘Sustainable development goals and the global south’ of Ghent University. This series of sessions is organized within the Global Minds Fund of the University, with the support of the Belgian Federal government.

The Summer Schools 'Health & Migration' ‘Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights’ will take place 5-16th of July 2020 in the vibrant City of Ghent, Belgium. Registrations are open for bachelor and master students from all around the world who are interested in expanding their knowledge about global issues alongside students from different faculties and different cultures.

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).