The International Reproductive Health Education Collaboration (IRHEC) is a multidisciplinary global collaboration dedicated to improving reproductive health awareness.
To increase reproductive health awareness using the life course approach, in order to improve reproductive health and facilitate decision-making in family planning among adolescents, people of reproductive age, primary healthcare, education professionals, and policymakers through development, evaluation and dissemination of inclusive educational resources.
IRHEC committee members have formed three working groups:
The education team works on the development of resources for the public and teachers in various formats. Here are some examples:
Do you remember our famous fertility educational poster? After four studies with young people asking their views of the poster, we are redesigning it under the ESHRE branding. We look forward to presenting the new format poster later this year.
Teachers want clear and evidence-based learning material to teach students about reproductive health. Our teachers’ educational resource went through a thorough consultation process with experts and users and will be ready for use later this year.
We are also developing information leaflets for the public, which are being co-designed through focus groups with the public and these will soon be open for consultation.
And we now have six personal stories from people who share their experience of fertility issues on our web site.
The research team has established a database on published papers on fertility education topics which can be found here.
The IRHEC publication on ‘Stimulating fertility awareness: the importance of getting the language right’ was published earlier in the year. Another paper ‘Operationalizing fertility education: recommendations for developing and implementing tools to improve fertility literacy’ is now in press.
The research team also conducts studies with Network members who are interested in specific research topics. There are several research activities on Fertility Knowledge Attitudes and Behaviors, across different population groups, and understanding research gaps from a global perspective. Other ongoing research includes: reproductive health education in schools, and understanding how reproductive health education is portrayed across social media platform.
The communications team is managing IRHEC’s social media. IRHEC is currently on three platforms: Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Please follow us 😊
The team also manages the IRHEC Network and makes sure people who want to join are welcomed and their details included in the Network database.
We also publish a newsletter twice per year with updates of what is happening in IRHEC and add content to the IRHEC webpage.
If you have feedback on any part of this website, or would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact the Chair or Chair Elect.
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