Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Quality, equity, dignity: the network to improve quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health – strategic objectives

World Health Organization

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Publication details

Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2018
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-92-4-151395-1



The past two decades have been marked by substantive progress in reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet progress has often been slow to reach those who need it most. Provision of quality care is uneven, and often fails to respect the rights and dignity of those who seek it.

Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, supported by WHO, the H6 partnership and partners from all stakeholder groups, have brought together the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, (‘the QoC Network’). Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals and the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, countries in the QoC Network have agreed on a vision that every pregnant woman and newborn receives good-quality care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. The vision is underpinned by the core values of quality, equity and dignity.

As a step towards ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and achieving universal health coverage, countries in the QoC Network will work together to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in participating health facilities in a five-year period.

This document sets out the four strategic objectives of the QoC Network: leadership, action, learning, and accountability. The strategic objectives are underpinned by the importance of community engagement in improving the quality of care. They were reached by consensus among the QoC Network countries and partners present at the Network launch meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, in February 2017.

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