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

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0:00 (minutes: seconds) Recap from 1st day.

Framing country-level national policy objectives
Mande Limbu, White Ribbon Alliance

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14:45, Mande Limbu discusses the work of the White Ribbon Alliance including an overview of projects, achievements, lessons and challenges. She reviews the new charter and it is now being used on the country level. She shares achievements in RMC made in Nigeria, Nepal, Malawi, Rwanda via legislation, guidelines, media engagement, community awareness and community health worker engagement.

Citizen participation, accountability and respectful maternal care: Challenges & opportunities
Ariel Frisancho Arroyo, CARE Peru

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32:15, Ariel Frisancho Arroyo from CARE Peru describes the citizen monitoring program for good and bad health worker behaviors, culminating in open discussion with the health workers. Results include empowered women and community leaders and an increased demand on services.

Women-centered care: Providers as change agents
Brenda D’mello, CCBRT

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53:45,Brenda D’mello describes CCBRT’s program in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which, by focusing on equity and respect, helps decrease the demand on the hospitals by increasing the support of other health systems. Within this program, she describes how respect is being added to trainings, and the importance of recognizing champions. She concludes with the statement that respect is not a resource-limited problem.

1:15:30, Q&A for all presenters revolve around topics including: using community leaders in different types of programs, disability and other minority groups, structure and health system needs before/during/after RMC initiatives, quality of care and its inclusion of RMC, and different types of audits for measuring RMC.

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