The International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya (ICRHK) hosted an inter-organizational virtual symposium to disseminate and discuss adolescent and youth (AY) research findings and best practices. The aim was to formulate useful and strategic advocacy, policy and program recommendations in response to the problems and needs of adolescents and youths, including those related to health, women and girl empowerment, and gender differences, during and after COVID-19.

ICRHM, in partnership with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, has developed the project ‘Bate – Papo Sem Tabus’ (Chat without taboos) in order to promote interpersonal communication about sexual and reproductive health and rights. We have recently tested a facilitation guide on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and intergenerational communication.

Due to its second grant for 2021-2023 the Viva+ Project implemented by ICRHM (in Tete) will expand to the district of Changara and will integrate another target group: the incarcerated population. The objective is to expand health services among the key population, to promote messages of prevention of ITs and HIV within the prison, and to minimize the risk of contamination and spread of ITs and HIV among prisoners.

The Continuity of Essential Health Services (CES) study – ‘Exploring the effect of COVID-19 on the demand for and utilization of maternal, newborn & child health services’ is a UNICEF study led by the Aga Khan University Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health (AKU-CoEWCH) and was implemented in Mozambique by ICRHM.

On September 26, World Contraception Day was celebrated in Maputo, Mozambique. This year’s motto was ‘Adolescents and Young People, use contraception, protect yourselves – no excuses. Know your options. Your future is in your hands.’ The aim was to call adolescents to action and to increase their involvement in asserting their sexual and reproductive rights.

On September 9 the International Centre for Reproductive Health Mozambique (ICRHM) gave a presentation about the biological, psychological and social implications of contraception and maternity in adolescence during the 10th Symposium for female health and challenges for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Mozambique.

Zoë Pesonen is an intern at ICRH Belgium. She helps in the development of the genomic sensor of the ELEVATE project. Zoë is a bioengineer fascinated by genomic sciences and she likes to have a foot in development work. Usually you can find her on campus, pipetting in the LBR lab, but you’ll find her sunbathing on a bench at lunchtime. 

“After 7 years as Director of ICRH Mozambique, the time has come to move on. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done in this time across the country and particularly in the Tete and Maputo provinces. We have improved access to comprehensive SRH information and services, particularly for women, adolescents and sex workers. We have contributed to shifting attitudes to become more supportive of the reproductive rights of these groups. And we have strengthened our research capacity to become a reference organization for SRH research for both Mozambican and international partners.

The Obada Prize is an international award initiated as a recognition of his excellence Professor Abdel-Shafy Obad, Nile University, Egypt. The Obada Prize recognizes and encourages innovative, interdisciplinary research across boundaries and paradigms; fostering excellence, creativity, justice, democracy; promoting scientific, technological, humanistic achievements that improve our world.

ICRH Kenya in conjunction with Pathfinder International conducted sensitization training for female sex workers mentors on female condom education and promotion in Mombasa and Kilifi County.