A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example

Patient education session, Uganda.

by Sofia Gruskin, Laura Ferguson, Shubha Kumar, Alexandra Nicholson, Moazzam Ali and Rajat Khosla, for PLOS One

USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services

Patient education session, Uganda.

New methodology strengthens public health monitoring using human rights When it comes to measuring the success of public health work—from immunizations to family planning services—experts rely on sets of standardized indicators. But these indicators often neglect the voices and human rights of people who use the services, according to USC researchers. The USC Program on … Continue reading USC researchers develop method to monitor human rights in public health services

Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

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The Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR)  led two presentations at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research Nov. 14-18 in Vancouver, Canada. An abstract presentation based on GHHR’s project with the World Health Organization, “Advancing the Global Family Planning Research Agenda: Strengthening Health Systems Using Human Rights Norms and Standards” focused on ensuring human rights within family planning … Continue reading Program on Global Health & Human Rights presents at Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting

Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting

The World Health Organization hosted the “Strengthening Family Planning’s Normative Standards for Human Rights Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability” meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, this December. Professor Sofia Gruskin, along with Alexandra Nicholson, Program on Global Health & Human Rights project administrator, and Dr. Shubha Kumar, Director of Distance Education Programs, attended the meeting, which included a … Continue reading Experts convene at WHO family planning meeting

WHO experts convene to discuss contraception care guidelines

Professor Laura Ferguson joined World Health Organization experts this week for a meeting to discuss strengthening contraceptive programs through the development of a rights-based quality assessment tool. The objectives of the meeting are for the participants to provide input on the outline of a global quality assessment tool, as well as to identify the next steps … Continue reading WHO experts convene to discuss contraception care guidelines

New project uses human rights to strengthen family planning programs

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This month the Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new project with the World Health Organization focused on the human rights aspects of monitoring, evaluation and accountability for family planning programs at the country, regional and global levels. In working to address the unmet need for family planning and contraception, GHHR will … Continue reading New project uses human rights to strengthen family planning programs

Professor Gruskin Joins WHO Family Planning Advisory Board

Professor Sofia Gruskin, director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, has been invited by the World Health Organization to join the Department of Reproductive Health and Research’s Advisory Group on Strengthening Family Planning. The group will focus on strengthening health systems’ capacities to monitor human rights dimensions in contraceptive programs in the … Continue reading Professor Gruskin Joins WHO Family Planning Advisory Board

New WHO tool examines reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights

This month the WHO published the first module of "Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights: a toolbox for examining laws, regulations and policies." The result of a decade-long collaboration, the first module has an explicit focus on sexual and reproductive health. Professor Sofia Gruskin served as the key academic partner for the … Continue reading New WHO tool examines reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights

WHO report analyzes how to ensure human rights within contraceptive programs

This month the World Health Organization published a report entitled "Ensuring human rights within contraceptive programmes, a human rights analysis of existing quantitative indicators." Professor Sofia Gruskin served as the key academic partner in this project and the development of the report, which represents a major step in bridging the gap between the indicators used … Continue reading WHO report analyzes how to ensure human rights within contraceptive programs