A Landscaping Review of Interventions 

Global Technical Anchor partner, University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) and URC colleagues authored “A landscaping review of interventions to promote respectful maternal care in Africa: Opportunities to advance innovation and accountability,” which was published in the December 2022 edition of Midwifery. The article encourages implementers to develop interventions targeting multiple approaches beyond provider training and consider delivery across pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal periods.

We build on the landscape analysis above, to argue that a behavior change framework, such as the capability, opportunity, and motivation behavior model, holds value for moving the needle on RMC.  We map existing interventions to this framework to highlight opportunities for learning from existing interventions and to guide future development.  Go here to read  “The Case for Using a Behavior Change Model to Design Interventions to Promote Respectful Maternal Care” published in the December 2022 issue of Global Health Science and Practice.

The Power of Birth Companionship

This case study describes the process and lessons learned from a four-year birth companionship project in Kigoma, Tanzania. The intervention was designed to identify facilitators and barriers for potential scalability and sustainability. Results indicated that over 80% of delivering women had a birth companion during childbirth and the majority (96-99%) were satisfied and would recommend it to a relative (82-97%). Successful scale should invest in engagement of key stakeholders, including communities, as well as maternity ward renovations for privacy for audio and visual privacy.

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