Gynuity Health Projects


Call for Applications: Fellowship Opportunity in Support of Doctoral Research on Abortion


Gynuity Health Projects — in partnership with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Ipas, Guttmacher Institute, and Ibis Reproductive Health — is pleased to announce a call for applications to support doctoral research on abortion.

The dissertation grant is designed to bridge strategic gaps in research capacity and knowledge management to help researchers, health professionals and policy makers to increase their contribution in addressing issues related to abortion.

The African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship Program 2018 will award up to four fellowships to doctoral students who are within two years of completing their thesis.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country which has restrictive abortion laws and high rates of unsafe abortion, but also in countries that have liberalized their abortion laws.

Call deadline: May 15, 2018
Details of the call are available here

The application form and supporting documents should be submitted in a single email to
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RHSC 18th General Membership Meeting


March 20-22, 2018 │ Radisson Blu Hotel│ Brussels, Belgium

Gynuity Health Projects will be in Brussels this week for the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) annual general membership meeting, Pour Elle. Please join us.

New and Underused Reproductive Health Technologies (NURHT) Caucus
Date: Tuesday, 20 March │ Time: 9:00 – 13:00 │ Location: T’Serclaes
The NURHT program includes from 10:30 an hour-long session on Safe Abortion Supplies, a newly-established worksteam co-chaired by Jennifer Blum (Gynuity Health Projects) and Nathalie Kapp (Ipas). Jennifer and Nathalie will share a draft work plan for this workstream and welcome your ideas, questions and thoughts.

Maternal Health Supplies (MHS) Caucus
Date: Tuesday, 20 March │ Time: 14:00 – 18:00 │ Location: Royal A & B
The MHS program includes as part of a round robin on new technologies, a brief update on a recently conducted trial assessing oral tranexamic acid for management of postpartum hemorrhage.

Panel Session
Date: Wednesday 21 March │ Time: 13:30 – 14:20
Increasing Access to Safe Abortion Commodities in Countries with Limited Legal Indications for Induced Abortions
This panel, one in a series of parallel sessions, will explore the barriers and opportunities for registration, marketing and subsequent availability of mifepristone and misoprostol for induced abortion in francophone Africa and Latin America.
Moderator: Jennifer Blum, Gynuity Health Projects
Presentations & Panelists:

  • The impact of policy and social attitudes on efforts to increase access to abortion medicines in Latin America, Agustina Ramón Michel, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), and member of CLACAI;
  • From registration to availability: Lessons from IPPF’s experience bringing medical abortion pills to francophone Africa, Manuelle Hurwitz, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF);
  • Development of additional maternal health uses of mifepristone and misoprostol as a strategy to facilitate registration of these medicines globally, Jennifer Blum, Gynuity Health Projects.

Innovation Exposition
Date: Wednesday 21 March │ Time: Afternoon coffee break
Reproductive Health Innovations at the Community Level, Gynuity Health Projects
Premiering at the Brussels meeting, the Innovations Exposition is a forum showcasing the cutting-edge work of RHSC members. There is a flurry of new and exciting technologies coming down the line that aim to expand access to reproductive healthcare. Come and see a demonstration of two such technologies: the condom uterine-balloon tamponade device and a multi-level pregnancy test.