As many of you know, the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ECEC) brings together a group of individuals and organizations committed to increasing access to and knowledge of emergency contraception in Europe. ECEC works with the support of an organization that hosts the Consortium, making it possible for us to operate.
Since its inception in November 2011, ECEC has been hosted by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) at Family Care International (FCI). We thank the ICEC and FCI teams for all their work and help during this period.
We are now very pleased to announce that as of September 2014, ECEC is hosted by the East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH), an international NGO based in Tirgu-Mures (Romania), working to promote the right of women and men to sexual and reproductive health, to a life without gender-based violence, and to a healthy and dignified ageing. EEIRH is a regional implementing partner for UNFPA, active in countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
EEIRH will provide legal status and perform legal obligations on behalf of ECEC and will ensure financial management and administrative and logistical support. EEIRH will also provide advice and guidance to ECEC in the process of getting formally established as an operative network and of acquiring legal acting capacity. The EEIRH team working with ECEC will be led by Dr. Mihai Horga.
We are confident that being based in the region will open new opportunities for collaboration with regional partners, and will hopefully make us more effective in advancing our mission.