Publications

In 2007 staff from the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH), a WHO Collaborating Centre, gathered in Belgium to discuss
the impact of research on policy making, and how to bridge the gap between research and policy. This research is based
on the principle that research needs to be applied and operational. The ICRH research unit is a multidisciplinary team
of scientific collaborators who are actively involved in research, services delivery and training in the field of SGBV.

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Despite many improvements, cervical cancer screening is still subject to shortcomings. Diagnostic accuracy may improve by using molecular biological techniques, requiring RNA of superior quality.

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Background: Most studies of the vaginal microflora have been based on culture or on qualitative molecular techniques. Here we applied existing real-time PCR formats for Lactobacillus crispatus, L. gasseri and Gardnerella vaginalis and developed new formats for Atopobium vaginae, L. iners and L. jensenii to obtain a quantitative non culture-based determination of these species in 71 vaginal samples from 32 pregnant and 28 non-pregnant women aged between 18 and 45 years.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a critical role in the carcinogenesis of squamous cervical carcinoma. Integration of viral DNA into the host genome is a major contributing factor to malignant transformation.

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The recognition of a causal relationship between human papillomaviruses and cancer almost 30 years ago led to a rapid expansion of knowledge in the field, resulting in the description of the main mediators of HPV-induced carcinogenesis, the viral proteins E6 and ET

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Cairo,1994, International Conference on Population and Development, the objectives are clear; 179 governments acknowledge that all couples and individuals have the right to attain the highest standards of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and make decisions concerning their sexual health free of discrimination, coercion and violence.

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This paper presents results of a survey on legislation regarding female genital mutilation in 15 European member states, as well as the results of a comparative analysis of the implementation of these laws in Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden and the UK

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Background: About 40% of Kenyan women of reproductive age are currently using contraception. However, the existing contraceptive method mix does not fully address the needs of women, many of whom have an unmet need for family planning and for protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI).

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