The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ethiopia set a transformational agenda to improve the lives of women and children. To achieve this transformation, Ethiopia has prioritized developing compassionate, respectful and caring health care providers. There are limited information on the status of mistreatment of women in Ethiopian health facilities. In 2016, the MCSP Strengthening BEmONC Project conducted a study on mistreatment of women in public health facilities of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples (SNNPR) regions of Ethiopia with the following objectives:
- To assess facility level norms and policies related to respectful maternity care (RMC)
- To assess levels of components of RMC reported by women who used labor and delivery services in selected public health facilities
- To generate an evidence base on the forms and prevalence of mistreatment of women in health facilities.
This brief provides a summary of the methods, key findings and recommendations.