The Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health has been working with the World Health Organization since 2013 to protect human rights in family planning and contraceptive programs. The first step was to develop a methodology that determines the extent to which indicators commonly used in public health capture human rights concerns. Current efforts are focused on developing a tool to be used for implementation of this methodology in low-income countries. The project, which focuses on contraceptive services and programs as a case study, aims to strengthen policy and health system responses around family planning.
- Years Active: 2013 – present
- Investigators: Sofia Gruskin, Laura Ferguson, Shubha Kumar
- Funder: World Health Organization
- Collaborators: World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Ford Foundation, HRP Trust Fund, Ipas Brazil, International Planned Parenthood Federation Moldova and Tajikistan, Open Society Foundations, United Nations Population Fund Brazil
- Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Field-test sites included Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique, Republic of Moldova, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan.
- PLOS One, 2017: A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example
The Program on Global Health & Human Rights advised WHO’s “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights Module.” The tool provides countries a human rights framework to identify, and overcome, barriers preventing people achieving the highest attainable standard of sexual and reproductive health.
- USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services (11/10/2017)
- Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (11/2/2016)
- Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting (1/19/2016)
- WHO experts convene to discuss contraception care guidelines (10/2/2015)
- New project uses human rights to strengthen family planning programs (9/4/2015)
- Professor Gruskin Joins WHO Family Planning Advisory Board (5/23/2015)
- New WHO tool examines reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights (7/23/2014)
- WHO report analyzes how to ensure human rights within contraceptive programs (7/23/2014)
- New WHO guidance launched to ensure human rights in provision of contraceptive information, services (3/23/2014)
- Professor Gruskin serves as a technical advisor for WHO meeting on optimizing human rights in family planning programs (9/23/2013)