World Federation of Health Agencies for the Advancement of Voluntary Surgical Contraception (WFHA-AVSC)

Fédération mondiale des agences de santé pour la promotion de la contraception chirurgicale volontaire
Federación Mundial de Agencias de Salud para la Promoción de la Contracepción Quirúrgica Voluntaria

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22 Jan 1975, as World Federation of Associations for Voluntary Sterilization (WFAVS) -- Fédération mondiale des associations pour la stérilisation volontaire, by 'International Project of the Association for Voluntary Sterilization (IPAVS)', currently EngenderHealth, on uniting of 6 national groups. Cited name adopted 1980, Bali (Indonesia). Also referred to as World Federation for Voluntary Surgical Contraception. No longer exists.


Encourage the inclusion of high-quality, voluntary surgical contraception services as a basic component in family planning and medical programs throughout the world; develop and maintain a leadership network among interested health agencies whose collective voice can influence national and international policies and programs; examine, compare, and communicate internationally the social, professional, educational, legal, scientific, and service-delivery issues involved in providing voluntary surgical contraception.

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Recognizing that many childbearing-related maternal deaths can be prevented, encourages governments to include family planning information and services, including voluntary surgical contraception or other long-acting methods for fertility regulation as an integral part of national public and private health and family planning programmes, taking measures to ensure safe medical practice and informed consent and to safeguard against coercive practices. Examines social and medical issues related to voluntary surgical contraception and encourages interaction and discussion among health and family planning agencies. Encourages involvement of women and women's groups in family planning programmes, and special programmes to inform and involve men to ensure their participation. Represents members as an authoritative body in collaboration with other international health and population organizations, including the United Nations. Organizes meetings, seminars, and conferences for professional education, communication, and policy development. Maintains a communications network among leadership groups. Develops and disseminates policies and guidelines on issues related to voluntary surgical contraception, including: counselling and informed consent procedures; health rationale for providing services; assuring safety and voluntarism for clients. Establishes voluntary surgical contraception standards for services, education, training, data collection, equipment maintenance and medical surveillance. Not a funding agency but provides technical and programme advice to developing countries interested in establishing leadership groups which could apply for membership.


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  • Medicine
    • Medicine
  • Social Activity
    • Voluntary
  • Health Care
    • Health
    • Surgery
    • Birth Control

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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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