Newsletter August 2019
| ICRH Global Newsletter |
9th of August, 2019
Message from the Chair Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman
|ICRH-Mozambique and CEPSA launch book on Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health|
ICRH-Mozambique (ICRH-M) and the Center for Population and Health Research (CEPSA) launched: “Family Planning and Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies in Mozambique” at a ceremony held on 23 July 2019 in Maputo.
The bookbrings together evidence on Family Planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Mozambique as a way of contributing to the definition of policies and strategies that are tailored to the country context.
The event was attended by over 100 participants from the Ministry of Health (MISAU) and other public institutions, academics, non-governmental and civil society organizations working in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health, in addition to the Flanders Government. Three articles from the book were presented by the respective authors: “Perceptions and Motivations of Men in Uptake and Use of Family Planning” by Joelma Picardo (ICRH-M) and Boaventura Cau (CEPSA), “Perceptions on Family Planning in Mozambique from an Ethnography of Communication Perspective.”, by David Langa (Eduardo Mondlane University-UEM), and “Practices and Perceptions of Men and Women Living with HIV on the Use of Dual Contraception”, by Carlos Cuinhane (UEM).
A common theme in the three presentations was men’s role in contraception access and use. The authors discussed evidence showing that men are key to decision-making around family planning but that this is rarely addressed in family planning interventions; that demand for contraception and utilization are heavily affected by social norms and gender inequities; and that effective communication with men and between couples needs to be strengthened.
Part of the funding for the book's publication comes from the project “Acquisition of Knowledge for the Provision of Better Quality Services and Community Involvement for Greater Use of Family Planning (IQSCI)”, implemented by ICRH-M from 2013 to 2018 with funding from the Government of Flanders.
Movie “The pregnancy is ours” broadcasted in Maputo
Photo exhibition in Maputo
Tina & Anna hope the exposition can be an inspiration for all health providers to strive for a respectful birth experience for all women and their families and opens up a bit the doors of the delivery ward for all women and their families to make them more confident before having to go in.
Chinese Hospital Directors in Ghent for a management training
|Third EU-China Health Forum held in Brussels|
The 2019 Forum on June 28th, focused on innovation and initiating research exchanges in reproductive health and population growth.
The first EU-China Health Forum started back in 2017, to share expertise, strengthen existing programmes and identify new collaborations. This 3rd EU-China Health Forum was co-organised by Ghent University, Tsinghua University, the National Research Institute for Family Planning and the China Family Planning Association and brought together participants from Belgian and Chinese academic institutes. Dr. Xiaolin Guo, Counsellor for Science & Technology Affairs of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of Belgium gave a keynote speech and Prof. Wei-Hong Zhang chaired the forum. Prof. Ines Keygnaert presented the first results of the UN-MENAMAIS study on sexual health and violence among older adults in Belgium. The 4th EU-China Health Forum will be held in China in 2020.
|First China-Belgium Science and Technology Exchange Symposium|
On the occasion of The First China-Belgium Science and Technology Exchange Symposium, a group of Chinese local government officials, senior hospital managers, heads of research institutions and business representatives visited Ghent, Brussels and Leuven to promote cooperation.
Fifteen Representatives from the Jiangsu Family Planning Research Institute, the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Hospital, The First Affiliated Hospital of Hainan Medical University , the Municipal Government of the District of Jiyang, Shandong Tuozhan Intelligent Equipment Manufacturing Co. , the Beijing Migrant workers Education Society, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning attended these talks.
The extensive and in-depth exchange of views on the ongoing research and projects, were chaired by Prof. Wei-Hong Zhang and supported by the peer experts.
|Improvement of screening and treatment of women’s cancers in Mombasa|
International Centre for Reproductive Health Kenya partners with Coast General Hospital and Mombasa County to improve screening and treatment of women’s Cancers in Mombasa, Kenya.
ICRH Kenya (ICRHK) collaborated with The Coast General Hospital and Mombasa County to conduct a comprehensive training in diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers (Cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer of the uterus) for women in the county. ICRHK supported an intensive, four-day training for over ten obstetricians and gynecologists and nurses from the five referral health facilities in Mombasa County. The training focused on screening and treatment for the three most common women cancers in Mombasa (and in Kenya) – cervical, ovarian and cancer of the uterus, and included both theory and practical sessions and the hospital’s operating room. Trainees were taken through the newest methods of diagnosis and treatment for the cancers. Training was coordinated through ICRHK Board member, Dr. Jennifer Othigo, who has continuously championed for improved sexual and reproductive health services for women in Mombasa County. Previously, ICRHK has supported the county in building capacity for health workers to improve management of sexual and gender-based violence at the ICRHK-supported Gender Violence and Recovery Center at Coast General Hospital.
Through this partnership, ICRHK aims to build the expertise of doctors and nurses and increase the number of clinicians qualified to conduct screening and treatment in order to improve outcomes for these cancers. The county has also committed to provide resources to improve diagnosis and treatment. Non communicable diseases, including cancer, are increasingly becoming a major cause of sickness and death in Kenya. Cancer of the cervix, for example is very common among East African women, and women in Kenya have almost four times the risk of dying from this cancer compared to women in Europe.
Internship experiences of Meagan O’Neill at ICRH Belgium
ChunTing Peng is exchange student from China at ICRH Belgium
ChunTing Peng is studying for a master's degree in Public Management at Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) in China and joins the ICRH Belgium team for 6 months. She is doing a comparative study between China and the European Union about the childbearing age of women and the health problems they experience.