Building a Movement for Respectful Maternity Care
Health Policy Plus News
This week, USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project is shining a spotlight on HP+ partner the White Ribbon Alliance and their work under HP+ and its predecessor, the Health Policy Project, to build a movement for respectful maternity care.
In 2011, as featured by the spotlight, the White Ribbon Alliance under the Health Policy Project released a charter on the Universal Rights of Childbearing Women to address issues of disrespect and abuse among women seeking maternity care. Since then, the White Ribbon Alliance—as an integral part of the Health Policy Project and now Health Policy Plus project—has grown the multi-sectoral Global Respectful Maternity Care Advisory Council and continues to support the role of midwives and women’s right to high-quality respectful maternity care by:
- Ensuring the inclusion of women’s voices within global maternal health dialogues to highlight local realities, including neglected issues such as stillbirths
- Advocating for improved working conditions for and investments in midwives
- Mobilizing civil society to hold health systems accountable to advance high-quality, respectful maternity care and improved working conditions
- Empowering civil society to advocate for strong plans to advance progress toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality targets
The HEARD Project, part of a series of projects supporting USAID’s Health Research Program, works to improve policy development and program implementation in maternal and child health and related USAID global health priority areas by ensuring that evidence is relevant and accessible.