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1️⃣ Talk to your kids about #genderequality and women’s rights.
2️⃣ Embrace diverse role models.
3️⃣ Empower your kids to speak out.
4️⃣ Fight stereotypes, including your own.
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"Universal health coverage is a human right. No one should become poor because of poor health. But we all know that the reality today is very different. Half of the 🌍’s population lack access to quality essential health services"-@DrTedros #WHA72 #HealthForAll

"About 400,000 #abortions are carried out in unregulated environments each year in Uganda.... Nearly a quarter – 90,000 – of those lead to severe health complications. On average, four women and girls die each day." https://t.co/7C2omUelSj via @GlobalPress #SRHR #reprorights

Hey #WD2019 attendees! Have ideas on #SRHR and #genderequality? @EngenderHealth wants to hear them! Stop by booth 519/520 and contribute to their commitment wall 😎 #ThePowerOf

“Because it is a key time for mothers, babies, and families” —Candace Lew, @EngenderHealth @MCSPglobal #FTPAction

Some countries in Africa are focusing on #familyplanning and #contraception to help manage population growth. But not all are. @BW investigates what a population surge means for the continent. https://t.co/4avnH69Vn2

Traditional #midwives are banned in DR Congo. @GlobalPressJournal explores why and what options women in #IDP camps have for #SRHR services. https://t.co/zDUdmeo4kO

#Reprorights are human rights! That's why EngenderHealth stands with all women - near and far - to have the power to make their own decisions about their bodies, their health, and their future. #SRHR

Where will you be June 3 - 6? EngenderHealth will be one of the 7,000+ influencers, advocates, and activists convening at @WomenDeliver in Vancouver to accelerate progress for girls and women worldwide. See you at #WD2019!

New video! In #Tanzania, young #women are particularly vulnerable to #HIV. With partners @Jhpiego, @EngenderHealth and @NIMRHQS, Pact is using an integrated, systemic approach to empower women to stay healthy and own their futures. https://t.co/hpUL67xzp1 @USAIDGH @USAIDTanzania

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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.

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