Ensuring Human Rights in the Provision of Contraceptive Information and Services
In order to accelerate progress towards attainment of international development goals and targets in sexual and reproductive health, and in particular to contribute to meeting unmet need for contraceptive information and services, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed this guideline. WHO standards for guideline development were followed including: identification of priority questions and outcomes; retrieval, assessment and synthesis of evidence; formulation of recommendations; and planning for dissemination, implementation, impact evaluation and updating. A Guideline Development Group, comprising members of an international panel of public health and human rights experts, reviewed and revised the draft recommendations based on the evidence profiles, through a participatory, consensus driven process. Human rights standards and principles that are directly or indirectly applicable to contraceptive information and services were systematically incorporated. This guidance is complementary to existing WHO recommendations for sexual and reproductive health programs, including guidance on maternal and newborn health, sexuality education, safe abortion, and core competencies for primary health care. The objective of this document is to provide guidance for policy-makers, managers, providers and other stakeholders in the health sector on some of the priority actions needed to ensure that different human rights dimensions are systematically and clearly integrated into the provision of contraceptive information and services.