Joint research and projects

By bringing together researcher from all over the world, ANSER supports academic collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights policy. A full overview of joint ANSER publications and broader research activities can be found here:



Ivanova O., Rai M., Mlahagwa W., Tumuhairwe J., Bakuli A., Nyakato V.N., Kemigisha E. A cross-sectional mixed-methods study of sexual and reproductive health knowledge, experiences and access to services among refugee adolescent girls in the Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda. Reproductive Health (2019) 16:35. Link

Van Eekert N, Leye E, Van de Velde S. The Association Between Women's Social Position and the Medicalization of Female Genital Cutting in Egypt. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 Sep 1;44(3). doi:10.1363/44e6618. Link

ANSER, Ogbe E, Van Braeckel D, Temmerman M, Larsson EC, Keygnaert I, De Los Reyes Aragón W, Cheng F, Lazdane G, Cooper D, Shamu S, Gichangi P, Dias S, Barrett H, Nobels A, Pei K, Galle A, Esho T, Knight L, Tabana H, Degomme O. Opportunities for linking research to policy: lessons learned from implementation research in sexual and reproductive health within the ANSER network. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018 Dec 17;16(1):123. Link

Oliveira C, Keygnaert I, Oliveira Martins MDR, Dias S. Assessing reported cases of sexual and gender-based violence, causes and preventive strategies, in European asylum reception facilities. Global Health. 2018 May 9;14(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s12992-018-0365-6. Link


R. Elise B. Johansen, Mai Mahgoub Ziyada, Bettina Shell-Duncan, Adriana Marcusàn Kaplan and Els Leye. Health sector involvement in the management of female genital mutilation/cutting in 30 countries. BMC Health Services Research (2018) 18:240. Link

Kemigisha E, Nyakato V, Bruce K, Ndaruhutse Ruzaaza G, Mlahagwa W, Ninsiima A, et al. Adolescents’ Sexual Wellbeing in Southwestern Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Assessment of Body Image, Self-Esteem and Gender Equitable Norms. Int J Environ Res Public Health. MDPI AG; 2018;15(2). Link

Frederico M, Michielsen K, Arnaldo C, Decat P. Factors Influencing Abortion Decision-Making Processes among Young Women. Open Access Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 329. . Link

Kemigisha, E., Ivanova, O., Ruzaaza, G. N., Ninsiima, A. B., Kaziga, R., Bruce, K., … Michielsen, K. (2019). Process evaluation of a comprehensive sexuality education intervention in primary schools in South Western Uganda. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 51–59.  Link

Ivanova, O., Wambua, S., Mwaisaka, J., Bossier, T., Thiongo, M., Michielsen, K., & Gichangi, P. (2019). Evaluation of the ELIMIKA pilot project : improving ART adherence among HIV positive youth using an eHealth intervention in Mombasa, Kenya. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, 23(1), 100–110. Link

Leye Els,  Van Eekert, Nina, Shamu, Simukai, Esho, Tammary, Barrett, H. Debating medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C): learning from (policy) experiences across countries. Reproductive Health (2019). Link

Wang MY, Zhang WH, Mu Y, Temmerman M, Li JK, Zheng A. Contraceptive practices among unmarried women in China, 1982-2017: systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2019 Jan 18:1-7. IF : 1.616. Link

Liu J, Wu S, Xu J, Temmerman M, Zhang WH; INPAC Group. Is Repeat Abortion a Public Health Problem among Chinese Adolescents? A Cross-Sectional Survey in 30 Provinces. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Mar 5;16(5). Link

Frederico, M., Arnaldo, C., Michielsen, K., & Decat, P. (2019). Adult and young women communication on sexuality: a pilot intervention in Maputo-Mozambique. Reproductive Health.16. Link



  • Global Early Adolescents Study (GEAS)

The Global Early Adolescent Study is the first worldwide study that investigates how gender norms of young adolescents influence their sexual health and wellbeing. The international project is coordinated by the World Health Organization and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently implemented in 11 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, DRC, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, USA).X ANSER members are part of the consortium: The University of Cuenca Ecuador,John Hopkins University in the USA, International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH)/ Ghent University in Belgium, and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
ICRH is responsible for the study in Belgium. The results of the first qualitative phase of the research project are described in various scientific papers and are available here. The second phase of the study consists of the implementation of a longitudinal quantitative survey. Most countries already finished their baseline study and developed a report of the results which is available on the GEAS website: Cross country results will be published before the end of 2020 as a supplement of the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, most countries are preparing the second and third wave of quantitative data collection which will allow to measure the impact of the respondents’ gender norms on their sexual health and wellbeing during adolescence.
For more information about the international study:
For more information about the study in Belgium:


  • Technical support to UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) to implement the Sexual and Reproductive Health plans and strategies in the region

ANSER provides technical assistance under the UNFPA EECARO vision "Bridging Science with Policies" and “Knowledge Transfer from West to East” to countries in the region. With concrete tools it helps mobilizing regional and global technical alliances in support of the development and implementation of national SRH Strategies and Action Plans. The tools are publicly available:
1)    Suggested indicators for the monitoring of SRH National Programmes and Strategies for the acceleration of the universal access to SRH in line with the WHO EURO regional Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health - link full text
2)    Checklist for developing National SRH Action Plans and Strategies for accelerating the Universal access to SRH - link checklist
3)    Recommendations to support the rollout of the WHO Europe Action Plan for SRH at a national level - link full text

International Sexual Health And Reproductive Health during COVID-19 (ISHARE)
The Academic Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies (ANSER) initiated a study on the impact of the COVID-19 isolation measures on sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.
COVID-19 measures such as the obligation to stay at home, social distancing, prohibition to do more than the essential trip, etc may have a profound impact on sexual behaviors, reproductive health, and social life across the world. It may have an impact on contraceptive use, intimate partner violence, access to essential reproductive health services and ante-natal and post-natal care.
This behavioral cross-sectional study, developed under the supervision of Prof. Kristien Michielsen at Ghent University (Belgium) and Prof. Joe Tucker at the University of North Carolina (US) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), includes online national surveys and a global comparative analyses. For the moment, about 30 countries expressed interest to participate in the online survey. Eligible participants will be individuals 18 years and older who consent to participate. In each country, a lead organization will be responsible for organizing ethical review, translation, and survey administration. The consortium network provides support for national studies, coordination, and multi-national comparison. Multi-level modelling will be used to determine the impact of COVID-19 measures on SRHR.
The results of the study will be translated into policy recommendations that could limit the negative consequences of these measures as much as possible.
The survey tool and protocol are freely available. Are you interested in knowing more or joining? Please contact 


  • VLIR-UOS Global Minds operational grant for doctoral fellows: Sara De Meyer (ICRH) conducted interviews and focus group discussions in collaboration with the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) to answer the question ‘How do adolescent girls and boys in Ecuador define sexual wellbeing?’.
  • VLIR-UOS Global Minds operational grant for doctoral fellows: Katrina Perehudoff (ICRH) worked with Mbarara University, HEPS Uganda, and the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development in Uganda for the ADAPT project (ADolescent fAmily Planning: policy tracing for sexual and reproductive health and righTs).
  • ADAPT project (adolescent family planning Policy in uganda)
  • FP assessment in West Nile region in Uganda for Enabel
  • SRH care through UHC law & policy
  • UN-MENAMAIS (Sexual violence)
  • Elevate
  • Gender-based violence in higher educations in Uganda