Updates from the Bate-Papo Sem Tabus Project

The Mozambican Ministry of Health has approved SRHR interpersonal communication materials for adolescents, including a guide to facilitate community dialogues to promote communication between parents and children, within the scope of the implementation of the ‘Bate-Papo Sem Tabus’ (Chat without These materials were produced by ICRH Mozambique in partnership with the health promotion department of […]

A word from our Chair, Prof Dr Marleen Temmerman

Compiling this ICRH Global end-of-the-year newsletter and reading about the many events and output of these wonderful teams made me feel very proud. Two high-level awards were presented to ICRH team members: Prof Ines Keygnaert received the very prestigious Marie Popelin Prize for her work on sexual and gender-based violence in Belgium and beyond, and […]

A new woman-controlled contraceptive vaginal ring: a global step forward

More than 40 years ago, the development of contraceptive vaginal rings began, based on the fact that the vaginal epithelium can absorb steroid hormones and the capacity of elastomers to release these hormones at almost constant rates.1 The growing interest in woman-controlled contraceptive methods has supported and accelerated the process. Read more: see attachment 0 Facebook

Improving affordability of new Essential Cancer Medicines

Effective cancer care requires investment in health infrastructure, a trained health workforce, and quality- assured, affordable medicines within a sustainable supply chain. To this end, in a major move to increase access to cancer medicines in low-income and middle- income countries (LMICs), WHO has added ten new cancer therapies to its 21st Model List of […]

Type-Specific Human Papillomavirus Prevalence, Incident Cases, Persistence, and Associated Pregnancy Outcomes Among HIV-Infected Women in Kenya

BACKGROUND: Persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the preeminent factor driving the development of cervical cancer. There are large gaps in knowledge about both the role of pregnancy in the natural history of HPV infection and the impact of HPV on pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: This single-site prospective cohort substudy, nested within […]

Opportunities for linking research to policy: lessons learned from implementation research in sexual and reproductive health within the ANSER network

BACKGROUND: The uptake of findings from sexual and reproductive health and rights research into policy-making remains a complex and non-linear process. Different models of research utilisation and guidelines to maximise this in policy-making exist, however, challenges still remain for researchers to improve uptake of their research findings and for policy-makers to use research evidence in […]

Training in self-administering Sayana Press

The Ministry of Health (MISAU) and its members of the technical group family planning trained 17 trainers on the supply and administration of the self-injecting contraceptive Sayana Press. The technical group family planning consists of technicians from MISAU and partner organizations, including ICRHM, who support the family planning program. Sayana Press is currently administered in […]

Eradicating HIV in Tete Province, Mozambique

Since last November ICRH Mozambique, in partnership with the Center for Collaboration in Health (CCS), has been implementing the project ‘Reinforce adherence and retention of patients to ART and screening for TB’ in Tete Province. This project, within the scope of the Global Fund NFM3 grant, aims to strengthen the link between communities and health […]

Safe abortion is no longer a taboo in Changara communities

ICRH Mozambique trained the community leaders from 3 locations in the Changara district on safe abortion. Our aim is to raise awareness about the law on safe abortion and about the available services at the Health Unit. In rural areas, local leaders have great influence on the communities. By training these leaders we want to […]