Learnings from the Government of India ‘Dakshata’ initiative to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care

In 2015, the Government of India launched ‘Dakshata’, meaning adroitness, across the country, to reduce the maternal mortality ratio and stillbirth rate. The initiative aimed to strengthen the quality of care (QoC) during and immediately after childbirth through focused and customized trainings for strategic skill-building of providers on high-impact essential...

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Healthy Newborn Network Launches #HNNTools Series

The Healthy Newborn Network is happy to announce the launch of the #HNNTools series to promote evidence-based implementation tools from our community that can help to advance maternal and newborn health worldwide. This series will highlight tools from partners that reflect the best information, practices, and guidance that can help...

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Respectful Maternity Care and Maternal Mental Health are Inextricably Linked

This blog was originally published by Sara Matthews in the New Security Beat blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program. A positive birth experience is not a luxury, but a necessity, said Hedieh Mehrtash, consultant for the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at the...

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Mistreatment of newborns following childbirth in Nepal

Quality of care is essential for ensuring a positive health facility experience and strengthening trust in the health system.  The increasing attention given to a woman’s experience of care during childbirth as a marker of the quality of health care has been emphasized by the WHO Standards and Guidelines and...

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