[ Skip to Main Content ]
COVID-19: How We’re Responding

Our Work

Ahead of Saturday's #WorldPopulationDay, IPPF is delighted to launch its ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise. Find out more → https://t.co/jciKhnjuCm

Le samedi 4 juillet 2020, La Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits des femmes s'est associé avec @EngenderHealth active dans la santé sexuelle des femmes pour distribuer 5 000 masques et des ressources contre la violence sexiste et sexuelle aux femmes et aux filles du quartier d'Akouédo https://t.co/GopDbpOZCC

Today @ippf launched ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise: https://t.co/HQbW6RE2UP

We commit to working w/ government partners through 2030 to reach more than 30 million people w/ gender-equitable #SRHR programs: https://t.co/Fg4N8DinsT

#ICPD25

Initiative Côte d’Ivoire a procédé ce jour à la remise de 5000 masques aux populations a revenu moyen d’Akouedo. En plus des masques, des violentomètre (outils de mesure des violence) ont été distribués sous le lead de @EngenderHealth et @LaLigue225 #stopcovid19 #Covid19civ

Earlier today, we partnered with @LaLigue225 to distribute 5,000 masks & gender-based violence (#GBV) awareness materials to an indigenous community in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire that is known for making attiéké, a traditional dish made from cassava.

#COVID19 #1million2masquesICI

“We continue to see over and over again in many parts of the world where #LGBT people are criminalized or discriminated against, we always see a rise of #HIV infections, because people strongly associate HIV with being gay.” - @ejaf Chairman David Furnish. #AIDS2020Virtual

Cérémonie du lancement de la distribution de 5000 masques barrières contre la #COVID__19-19 aux populations vulnérables de Akouedo village @EngenderHealth @nenef @karna_eugene

@AntonPozniak opens #AIDS2020 with a plea, during COVID-19, to ensure gains made in HIV are not lost, the work to end HIV continues & the lessons of HIV are applied! We must adapt to changing changing world realities to ensure our collective HIV goals are met 👏 #AIDS2020Virtual

"I will support facilities to restock contraceptives in every way possible."

Read about how our #India team is helping to ensure that communities continue to have access to the #contraceptive methods of their choice during #COVID19: https://t.co/NySknsLDOS

#SRH #familyplanning

#COVID19 has caused massive disruptions to contraceptive supply chains in #India & is estimated to prevent millions of people from accessing #contraceptives.

Read about our India team's efforts to maintain contraceptive stocks: https://t.co/NySknsLDOS

#SRH #familyplanning

Load More...

Informed and Voluntary Decision Making

EngenderHealth is a pioneer in improving the quality of health care. One fundamental component of quality is ensuring that individuals are making informed decisions about services that directly impact their health. In the case of family planning, this includes making choices about whether they wish to have children, the number of children to have, and the spacing (number of years) between each pregnancy.

In an effort to advance informed decision making and ensure that family planning programs are voluntary and protect and fulfill women’s rights, EngenderHealth is taking a lead role in outlining steps needed to integrate human rights into family planning programming. With the goal of upholding a woman-centered and rights-focused approach, EngenderHealth’s work strives to operationalize human rights at the policy, service delivery, and community levels.

Informed choice is a voluntary, well-considered decision that an individual makes on the basis of options, information, and understanding. The decision-making process should result in a voluntary and informed decision by the individual about whether he or she wishes to obtain health services and, if so, what method or procedure the individual will choose and consent to receive.

Informed consent results from communication between a client and provider confirming that the client has made an informed and voluntary choice to use or receive a medical method or procedure. Informed consent can only be obtained after the client has been given full information about the nature of the medical procedure, its associated risks and benefits, and other alternatives. Consent cannot be obtained by means of inducement, force, fraud, deceit, duress, bias, or other forms of coercion or misrepresentation.

EngenderHealth publishes a number of technical training and educational materials about counseling, informed choice, and informed consent, including publications on family planning and the special counseling and consent needs of sterilization clients.

Informed Consent

Health care providers are often required by law or institutional policies to obtain informed consent before administering certain medical procedures, including experimental methods or procedures. Although informed consent is often equated with a signed written form used to document an individual’s decision, written consent is neither inherently necessary nor sufficient. Regardless of the presence or absence of written documentation, informed consent requires providers to ensure that a client receiving a method or treatment has knowingly and voluntarily agreed to be treated. Whether informed consent is written or verbal, however, it cannot replace the informed choice process, which is dependent on counseling and the information exchange between providers and clients.

Informed and voluntary client consent is especially important before a medical procedure that has a permanent or long-acting effect or that requires the skills of a trained provider. In family planning, voluntary sterilization is unique, in that it involves a surgical procedure to end fertility permanently. Therefore, many providers and funding agencies that support sterilization services specify the elements for informed consent and require written documentation of the client’s consent. Although the purpose of informed consent should be to ensure the client’s right to make a voluntary and informed decision, written consent is often required to provide evidence of provider compliance with informed consent requirements and to reinforce the importance of this client right.

EngenderHealth publishes a number of materials on counseling, informed choice, and informed consent, including publications on family planning and the special counseling and consent needs of sterilization clients.

Share this page: