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 dringt aan dat cursussen rond seksualiteit en relatievorming op een cultureel competente manier gebeurt, vanuit een positieve kijk op seksuele gezondheid en in alle opvanginitiatieven, groot of klein.

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’.

De aanzienlijke stroom vluchtelingen die ons land binnenkomt vraagt heel wat inspanning op het vlak van administratie en opvang. Daarbij mag echter niet uit het oog verloren worden dat er ook aandacht moet zijn voor specifieke problemen op het vlak van gezondheid welzijn, onder meer door hun mogelijke ervaringen met seksueel geweld.

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.

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