WHO Statement: Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth

WHO Statement: Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth
pdf [English: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/134588/1/WHO_RHR_14.23_eng.pdf?ua=1&ua=1
Overview
Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, across the world many women experience disrespectful, abusive, or neglectful treatment during childbirth in facilities. These practices can violate women’s rights, deter women from seeking and using maternal health care services and can have implications for their health and well-being.

WHO Statement
A new WHO statement illustrates a commitment to promoting the rights of women and to promoting access to safe, timely, respectful care during childbirth. It calls for greater co-operation among governments, healthcare providers, managers, professional associations, researchers, women’s advocates, international organizations and women themselves to end disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth.

The WHO statement calls for:
:: Greater support from governments and development partners for research and action
:: Programmes to improve the quality of maternal health care, with a strong focus on respectful care
:: Greater emphasis on the rights of women to dignified, respectful healthcare through pregnancy and childbirth
:: The generation of data related to respectful and disrespectful care practices, systems of accountability and meaningful professional support
:: The involvement of all stakeholders, including women, in efforts to improve quality of care and eliminate disrespectful and abusive practices