Quality of care has long been a pillar of health care in general and family planning programs in particular. However, the theme has been getting less attention in recent years and its meaning has gotten blurred, confusing the discourse and what it is donors and governments should invest in and monitor. This paper compares definitions of quality and contrasts them with the essentials of a rights-based approach. It aims to create common understanding of what these terms mean, where they overlap, and how they differ. In its conclusion, this paper argues in favor of adopting the broader construct of rights-based programming as a foundation for family planning programs. Since this approach protects medical safety and effectiveness of services in addition to other human rights that pertain to health care, it offers a more comprehensive and appropriate foundation for programming.
Kumar, Jan. 2015. "How does quality of care relate to a rights-based approach to family planning programs?" Working Paper 1 of the Measuring and Monitoring Quality of Services and Quality of Care Project. New York: Population Council.
Scaling Up and Financing Improved Delivery and Monitoring of Quality of Care