The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) is a multidisciplinary research institute within Ghent University. The Centre was established in 1994 in response to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD, Cairo, 1994).
ICRH conducts research and intervention projects in all areas of reproductive health, implements capacity building, provides community education, prevention and HIV testing services, and advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights. ICRH is active in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
ICRH is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health and has experience in attracting donor funds from a wide range of agencies.
The main fields of expertise are:
- HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) with a particular focus on prevention
- Maternal Health including mother & child health, with specific attention for safe motherhood and family planning
- Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced/child marriage
- Integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights within health systems
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
ICRH conducts fundamental, epidemiological, social, clinical, health systems as well as policy research related to the themes listed above, but beside that, the Centre is also active in:
- Training and capacity building: academic programmes (such as Masters and PhDs), courses and workshops but also on-site training, monitoring, evaluation and supervision to strengthen local capacity
- Reproductive health services: advice, consultancies, technical assistance, policy support, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation
- Advocacy: awareness raising at all levels (including the scientific and the political), and keeping sexual and reproductive health and rights on the policy agenda.