Joint statements in support of WHO’s updated recommendations on standards of quality care for mothers and newborns

Health care professional associations at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing the actions outlined in the joint statements.


Health care professional associations have a critical role to play in improving the quality of maternal and newborn health care in their countries and worldwide. These statements affirm the commitment to the implementation efforts of the Every Newborn Action Plan (WHA67.10) as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030 (A69/A/CONF./2).

The joint statements were developed through an inclusive process by multiple partners, reviewed and endorsed by the health care professional associations. Partners included the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), Project Concern International, University Research Corporation, Save the Children, Unites States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Childrens’ Fund. Health care professional associations include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), International Pediatric Association (IPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).

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