April Collective – Respectful Care

Respectful Care

These engaging regional dialogues represented a unique opportunity to amplify the voices from Africa and Asia exploring strategies to move respectful care into practice, drawing on current evidence and country experiences. Panelists from diverse vantage points, from advocacy to health systems to research, came together to reflect on what is needed to ensure that respectful maternal and newborn care becomes a reality for all.

Every woman, newborn, and child has the right to the highest standard of care, including the right to dignified respectful and quality care no matter where they live.

Melissa Jones, USAID

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Asia Dialogue

Africa Dialogue

Session Resources

So far what we have learned is that a stand-alone [compassionate and respectful care] strategy helped ensure dedication, earmarking, and better clearer implementation across various regions.

Dr. Yunis Mussema Abdella, Ethiopia


Deputy Assistant Administrator, Global Health Bureau


United States

Unit Head, Quality of Care

World Health Organization

Deputy Team Lead, Family Health, Health Office,



Senior Program Manager

White Ribbon Alliance


Associate Professor in Midwifery, School of Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, University of Malawi


Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, CCBRT Maternity Wing; Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Healthcare Program

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT)


Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Ghana Medical School/Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital


Senior Research Associate, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health

Public Health Foundation of India



White Ribbon Alliance



Afghan Midwives Association


Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, Faculty of Health Sciences

American University of Beirut


Scientist, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

World Health Organization


Postdoc Researcher, Birth Place Lab

University of British Columbia


How can we build inclusive systems where we are taking into consideration what people define, understand, and want to experience as respect?

Dr. Tamar, Lebanon