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Hpp strengthens maternal health
HPP strengthens maternal health

RMC Advocacy: From Charter to Country-level Efforts

Mande Limbu


June 24, 2014

Initial global efforts
Initial Global Efforts

Formation of RMC Advisory Council to:

  • Provide global leadership in raising awareness of disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth

  • Encourage dialogue on D&A from both global and national perspective

  • Foster partnerships resulting in strategies that address D&A

  • Promote RMC through advocacy

The Human Rights Argument and Develop-mentof RMC Charter

From rmc charter to country level efforts
From RMC Charter to Country-level Efforts

  • Country-level efforts focus on:

    • Mobilizing communities

    • Incorporating RMC into professional standard-setting documents

    • Influencing policy and resource allocation

    • Strengthening the capacity of health facilities

National campaign example nigeria
National Campaign Example: Nigeria

  • WRA Nigeria

  • Influencing the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health, regulatory bodies and health professional associations to establish RMC as a standard of practice.

Progress successes
Progress & Successes

  • Town hall meetings

  • National RMC consultations

  • A communique with recommendations for establishing RMC as a standard of practice

  • National Council on Health approved RMC as standard of practice

  • RMC incorporated in the revised LSS manual

  • State-level implementation plans

National campaign example nepal
National Campaign Example: Nepal

WRA Nepal

Incorporating RMC standards into law and in-service curricula for all professional disciplines involved in providing maternal health care.

Progress successes1
Progress & Successes

  • Community dialogues in 5 districts

  • Consultations with other key stakeholders

  • Media engagement

  • Inclusion of RMC in the Safe Motherhood Bill

  • RMC context analysis

  • RMC training to all health workers

  • Creation of RMC Alliance

WRA Nepal members handing over the Bill with RMC inputs to the Hon. Health Minister Bidhyadhar Mallik

RMC Community Dialogue Session – Kathmandu



  • Measuring contribution of RMC advocacy efforts to policy change vs. maternal health outcomes

  • Measuring impact when activities not implemented in the same area

  • Establishing a framework for evaluation

  • Framing a political global ask on RMC

  • Getting global champions to focus only on this issue

For more information, please visit: www.whiteribbonalliance.org/respectfulcarewww.healthpolicyproject.com/focusareas/maternal health