Bolivia’s Integral Health Coordination Program (PROCOSI), a network of 33 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing reproductive health care, has long promoted gender sensitivity as a necessary component of high-quality health care. PROCOSI encourages member NGOs to address gender-based differences in roles, relationships, access to services, and service needs in their reproductive health programs. The Reference Guides in this publication provide guidance to help health-care organizations and NGOs implement high-quality, gender-sensitive standards to achieve certification for their member clinics and administrative centers. The procedures and standards included here are based on the process developed by PROCOSI, but the approach and standards can be modified to fit local needs and conditions. The Reference Guides focus on a formal certification process, but this guidance can also be used by NGOs that are not aiming for certification but that wish to evaluate and improve the quality and gender sensitivity of their services. The publication includes a Procedures Guide, Self-Training Guide, Assessment Guide, and Costing Guide.
Riveros, Patricia, Erica Palenque, Ricardo Vernon, Ignacio Carreno, and John H. Bratt. 2009. "Reference Guides for Health Care Organizations Seeking Accreditation for High-quality, Gender-sensitive Reproductive Health Services." Washington, DC: Population Council.
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