New tool helps countries strengthen human rights in contraceptive services, programs

A new tool contributes to the World Health Organization’s ongoing work on rights-based contraceptive programs, using common indicators to identify whether or not these programs are working. The tool builds upon these indicators by taking into account the perspectives of actual service users.

This is the first effort to take existing indicators, prioritize those that reflect people’s experiences, and provide a method of analysis to ensure their voices are heard in how decisions are made regarding what services will be strengthened or prioritized.

Countries can use the resource to strengthen their human rights efforts in contraceptive programming—and other areas.  It helps highlight areas where human rights have been promoted, neglected or violated in contraceptive programming; gaps in programming and in data collection; and opportunities for action within the health sector and beyond, including opportunities for partnership initiatives. 

The final document was written by Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights; Shubha Kumar, director of the USC Master of Public Health online program; and Alexandra Nicholson, project administrator for the Program on Global Health & Human Rights; in addition to Moazzam Ali and Rajat Khosla from the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research.

Learn more and download the tool: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/contraceptive-services-monitoring-hr/en/

Learn more about the project this tool is part of: Ensuring Human Rights Within Family Planning & Contraceptive Programs.