NAIROBI: MEDECINS Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said it was “carefully reviewing” allegations by former patients alleging they were sterilised without their consent at third-party Kenyan health structures.
The patients alleged the felt pressured by staff at MSF’s former Mathare HIV care project to undergo surgical sterilisation.
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“As a medical humanitarian aid organisation, MSF is committed to ensuring that all of our patients are fully informed about their medical options and that all of our patients provide full and informed consent prior to any medical treatment they receive.”
While it took note of the allegations, MSF said it had never performed surgical sterilisations in Kenya.
From 2008 to 2013, MSF’s health promotion activities in Mathare involved providing HIV-positive patients with family planning information. In accordance with MSF’s policies, patients were informed of a full range of contraception methods and the benefits, risks and consequences of each method.
“MSF has never encouraged surgical sterilization as a preferred contraceptive method,” MSF stated.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY