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Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change: The Case for Respectful Maternity Care

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0:00, (minutes: seconds) Video from White Ribbon Alliance.

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

4:30, Ann Starrs, Family Care International, describes her own theory of change, noting that different groups are needed to mobilize and more quantitative evidence must be used. She gives examples of what advocacy work has been done, stressing the need to be flexible on the achievable outcome and ensure accountability.

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

24:00, Lynn Freedman, Adverting Maternal Death and Disability/ Columbia University, discusses 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 shares evidence from TZ studies on D&A (disrespect and abuse), which shows that self-reporting of D&A is lower than observed D&A by a trained monitor. She concludes 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 addresses 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).

For more information, please visit the respectful maternity care technical meeting page.