ICRH-K, in partnership with Kindernothilfe (KNH) and the County Government of Mombasa, has been implementing the Linda Mtoto Project to address commercial sexual exploitation among children between the ages of 10-17 years in Jomvu and Kisauni Sub-counties in Mombasa.

Last month, the long-term pushback against sexual and reproductive health and rights culminated in the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on June 22nd, stripping millions of people of their right to a safe and legal abortion. This is shocking, heart-breaking and a violation of women’s health and rights, and at the same time a clear sign that our global community has to stand with Americans in a powerful act of global solidarity. The USA now joins Poland, El Salvador, and Nicaragua as the only nations to backtrack on or restrict abortion policy in decades. The consequences of this decision will be felt around the world, and we have to join hands to fight back and protect women globally.

As only the third Belgian ever, Prof. Temmerman has been elected as International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Temmerman has dedicated her life to improving the rights and lives of women and children, especially in Kenya, where she currently still lives and works. For this she was already internationally reknown, and now the American Academy of Arts and Sciences also honors her for her tireless efforts.

Through the Amplify Change program, ICRH Kenya secured a partnership with the Technical University of Mombasa to produce a student-led podcast aimed at raising awareness about sexual and gender-based violence.

According to statistics recently released by the National Council to Combat AIDS in Mozambique, HIV mainly affects key populations, given their vulnerability and exposure. Among this group are inmates, who were added to the list largely because of sexual relations between men in prisons.

Eight years after the passing of the law to decriminalize abortion, ICRH Mozambique project manager Hassane Ibrahimo was invited to talk about this on STV, the Mozambican private television broadcaster with the largest audience.

More women and girls are looking for safe abortion services in Mozambique, which contributes to the reduction of clandestine abortions, thanks to the law that decriminalizes abortion and, above all, to the support of some partners working on the massification of access to information and to services and abortion care.

County governments are key consumers of the PMA data, and a strong evidence system as this is critical to increasing the use of data and evidence in decision-making. ICRH Kenya collaborated with county teams and partners to disseminate the data in eight counties.

Several studies carried out in the area of HIV in Mozambique show that there are still gaps in access to the HIV testing service, especially in groups considered at high risk for this disease. To respond to this concern, ICRH Mozambique in partnership with MISAU trained at least 50 employees in ‘self-testing’

Recent data show that male attendance at antenatal consultations is low in Mozambique (between 5-20%) while the main decision-makers are men. Barriers to male involvement include an association with HIV and the perception that maternal health is the woman's domain. To face this scenario, at least 10 health technicians from the Marracuene and Ricathla Health Centers (Maputo Province) were trained last May.