Progress toward the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality has been slow because improvements require overcoming financial and geographical barriers to accessing skilled care, as well as the poor quality of care in maternity units. A little-understood component of the poor quality of care experienced by women during facility-based childbirth is the disrespectful and abusive behavior of healthcare providers and other facility staff. Acknowledgment of these behaviors by policymakers, program staff, civil society groups, and community members indicates the problem is widespread. This is a teaching aid for community health workers and other community-level resource persons to conduct community sensitization meetings or training workshops for general community members on respectful maternity care.
"Promoting Respectful Maternity Care Resource Package: Community flipchart." New York: Population Council, 2016.
Heshima: Promoting Dignified and Respectful Care During Childbirth