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Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

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This final morning session focused on Respectful Maternal Health Care. Mlay described one definition of respectful maternal health care as a healing relationship between the provider and the woman. She also told her own experience with respectful care, setting the stage for some of the next presenters to describe other experiences.

Moderator: Rose Mlay, White Ribbon Alliance
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Kathleen Hill, University Research Co. and TRACtion
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Hill described her work with the TRACtion project and how their study found that disrespectful care is a problem everywhere. She went on to describe the 7 different categories of disrespectful care as well as describe the scale of respectful care as a continuum of care.

Mande Limbu, White Ribbon Alliance
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Limbu told of her work with the White Ribbon Alliance and shared with the audience a video which is being used as an advocacy tool for respectful care. She described the need for legal and political movements, but noted that accountability and enforcement must be a part of these actions.

Charlotte Warren, Population Council
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Warren outlined her study in Kenya which found that there were a host of different types of disrespect, including physical abuse, confidentiality issues, and issues surrounding dignity.

Brenda d’Mello, CCBRT
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D’Mello rounded out the panel by describing her work with CCBRT and their fistula repair program. She reported the situation of many of the maternity wards in the hospitals in Dar es Salaam and illustrated one way of impacting respectful care by helping with the infrastructure and workload of those maternity care wards.

At 1 hour and 38 minutes, the First Lady of the United Republic of Tanzania, Madame Kikwete, officially started the last day of sessions by reviewing the accomplishments of maternal health work in Tanzania, as well as what needs to be done in the future.