An international multidisciplinary centre of excellence in the field of reproductive health


Published online: Jul 07 2011

P. Claeys†, D. Van Braeckel, S. Luchters, O. Degomme, M. Temmerman

ICRH, University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185 P3, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
Phone +32 9 332 35 64, fax +32 9 332 38 67 

Correspondence at: Director: Prof. Marleen Temmerman, marleen.temmerman@ugent.be Website: www.icrh.org

Abstract

The International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) was established by Prof. dr. Marleen Temmerman in the aftermath of the UN Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. This conference called for world- wide action to improve the sexual and reproductive health situation of the global population in general and for vulnerable groups in particular, and this is exactly what ICRH is striving for and has been working on for the last 15 years. ICRH is a multidisciplinary centre of excellence, in research, capacity building and fieldwork in sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, and an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Right from the start, ICRH has opted for a global approach, which has resulted in a broad geographical spread of activities, with projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Since its inception, ICRH has participated in more than 120 projects, often as the coordinator, and through this work it has contributed considerably not only to scientific knowledge, improvement of health systems and increased accessibility of health services for vulnerable groups, but also to the quality of live of numerous individuals. Since 2004, ICRH has been recognized as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health.