UN Human Rights Guidance Aims to Reduce Preventable Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

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According to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH), “The 21st Session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council has received a report which aims to help policymakers in improving women’s health and rights by providing guidance on implementing policies and programmes to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in accordance with human rights standards. ”

From the PMNCH site:

The technical guidance includes general principles, stressing for example empowerment of women and girls and the participation of affected populations, including marginalized groups. It provides guidance on budgeting and planning, including adopting a national health plan as a core obligation of the right to health, and underlines implementation in practice, presenting examples of identified problems in the areas of emergency obstetric care, and needs of adolescent girls. It underscores the need for accountability and provides detailed guidance on monitoring, forms of review and oversight, and remedies. Finally, it emphasizes the role of international assistance and cooperation.

Learn more here.

Click here to read the Technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal morbidity and mortality.