WHO Releases Consensus Statement On Prevention Of Disrespect, Abuse During Childbirth

Maternal Health Task Force: WHO Releases First Statement on Preventing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth
Katie Millar, a technical writer with the MHTF, discusses the WHO’s release of a consensus statement titled “Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth,” “the first of its kind. Besides being a violation of human rights, disrespect and abuse (D&A) is a major barrier to women seeking care in facilities, the WHO-recommended location for childbirth to prevent maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidities. The release of this statement comes at a critical time as it will be disseminated at the U.N. General Assembly this week at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in South Africa next week…” (9/23).