Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change meeting on Respectful Maternity Care (RMC)

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4:30 Starrs described her own theory of change, noting that different groups are needed to mobilize and more quantitative evidence must be used. She gave examples of what advocacy work has been done, stressing the need to be flexible on the achievable outcome and ensure accountability. At 24:00 Freedman discussed how human rights law may not be useful for RMC as it’s most useful in a case-by-case basis. She declared that a rights based approach should be a “PANTHER” approach with “PANTHER” principles. Freedman shared evidence from TZ studies on D&A (disrespect and abuse), which showed that self-reporting of D&A is lower than observed D&A by a trained monitor. She concluded by stating that by focusing on D&A, other maternal health issues will also be addressed. 51:45 Q&A for both Starrs and Freedman addressed issues including: litigation, framing RMC in a positive manner rather than D&A, how culture plays into D&A, advocacy versus implementation, and provider's D&A in certain settings (knowledge versus behavior change).

Who decides and how? Influencing global policy on maternal health
Ann Starrs, Family Care International

Human rights and maternal health policy
Lynn Freedman, Adverting Maternal Death and Disability/ Columbia University

October 21-22, 2013

For more information, please visit: maternalhealthtaskforce.org/respectful-care-meetings/measuring-advocacy-for-policy-change

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