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

Gruskin, Sofia ; Ferguson, Laura ; Kumar, Shubha ; Nicholson, Alexandra ; Ali, Moazzam ; Khosla, Rajat Renzaho, Andre M. N. (editor)

PLoS ONE, 2017, Vol.12(12) [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example
  • Author: Gruskin, Sofia ; Ferguson, Laura ; Kumar, Shubha ; Nicholson, Alexandra ; Ali, Moazzam ; Khosla, Rajat
  • Renzaho, Andre M. N. (editor)
  • Description: Objective The last few years have seen a rise in the number of global and national initiatives that seek to incorporate human rights into public health practice. Nonetheless, a lack of clarity persists regarding the most appropriate indicators to monitor rights concerns in these efforts. The objective of this work was to develop a systematic methodology for use in determining the extent to which indicators commonly used in public health capture human rights concerns, using contraceptive services and programmes as a case study. Methods The approach used to identify, evaluate, select and review indicators for their human rights sensitivity built on processes undertaken in previous work led by the World Health Organization (WHO). With advice from an expert advisory group, an analytic framework was developed to identify and evaluate quantitative, qualitative, and policy indicators in relation to contraception for their sensitivity to human rights. To test the framework’s validity, indicators were reviewed to determine their feasibility to provide human rights analysis with attention to specific rights principles and standards. Findings This exercise resulted in the identification of indicators that could be used to monitor human rights concerns as well as key gaps where additional indicators are required. While indicators generally used to monitor contraception programmes have some degree of sensitivity to human rights, breadth and depth are lacking. Conclusion The proposed methodology can be useful to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers working in any area of health who are interested in monitoring and evaluating attention to human rights in commonly used health indicators.
  • Is Part Of: PLoS ONE, 2017, Vol.12(12)
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 1932-6203 ; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186330 ; PMCID: 5722344 ; PMID: 29220365
  • Subjects: Research Article ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Biology And Life Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Social Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences ; Medicine And Health Sciences

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