Woman-Centered Care

Woman-Centered Care


Across the globe, women and families seeking maternal and related health services too often endure various forms of mistreatment and/or poor clinical care. A combination of individual and health system level constraints (e.g., health provider workload, infrastructure and supply challenges, gender and socio-cultural dynamics, poor health system management) are often to blame. The result compromises health outcomes due to an erosion of trust in the health system and delayed or deterred care seeking. Additionally, negative healthcare environments not only affect the recipients of care, but also impact the mental health and well-being of providers. ISC partners advance evidence-informed approaches to improve both critical dimensions of quality-the provision and experience of care.



The Advancements in Post-Partum Hemorrhage Care (APPHC) partnership was established in support of USAID’s objective of high quality, respectful and accessible essential maternity services provision within and beyond the context of COVID-19. APPHC partners, led by Breakthrough RESEARCH (implemented by Population Council) and HEARD (implemented by URC) generated and tested solutions that address key barriers to PPH prevention, detection, and treatment in Malawi and Madagascar. Inclusive partnership and priority development resulted in a diverse portfolio of evidence to use activities that inform how to better support providers and systems to prevent and address PPH. Go here for a summary of activities in Malawi and Madagascar. More resources from our portfolio coming soon!

Nearly one-quarter of all maternal deaths are associated with postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) globally. PPH remains the leading cause of maternal death in most low-income countries.

Respectful Maternal Care (RMC) continues to emerge as a priority, but what and how to inform sustained action remains a gap. Therefore, RMC partners support:

1. Generation of more evidence on implementation of promising approaches.

2. Analysis and consultation around terms and framing related to respectful, woman-centered care to shape future strategic repositioning.

3. Improved packaging of evidence and knowledge sharing to inform decision-making and implementation.

4. Informing indicator development for routine monitoring and evaluation of RMC.

In May 2021, more than 300 people from 50+ countries joined our webinar exploring evidence, experiences and perspectives on promising approaches and routine monitoring and evaluation for respectful care in Africa.


Woman-centered Care – A listing of Woman-Centered Care resources on the ISC website. More coming soon!