Six Problems with WHO’s new policy recommendation: “Brief sexuality-related communication: Recommendations for a public health approach”

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D. | May 14, 2015

In May of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a policy guidance urging healthcare workers at all levels receive training and engage in impromptu counseling on matters relating to sexuality with both adult and adolescent patients. Its approach raises many concerns for the children it targets, for their families, and for healthcare providers.

The guideline document was produced by the WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), which has taken an increasingly activist role in promoting abortion, acceptance of dangerous sexual behaviors, and the view that the only acceptable moral position on human sexuality is that any consensual sexual activity is legitimate. This policy recommendation is the latest in a series of examples of WHO’s overreach of its mandate, its blatant disregard for parents who are the primary caregivers of their children, and its irresponsible push to turn healthcare providers at all levels into disseminators of a moral framework that is unacceptable to many patients seeking care, as well as many to providers.