JOINT STATEMENT: Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

While major progress has been made over the past two decades to improve mortality outcomes in women and newborn – major disparities remain in survival rates around the time of birth for mothers and infants born in high-, middle- and low-income countries.

This joint statement, drafted by the USAID ASSIST Project, presents the WHO conceptual framework to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care and outlines key actions to improve maternal and newborn outcomes worldwide.

The joint statement was drafted with support from the Every Preemie-SCALE project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives project.

It was reviewed and endorsed by five professional associations:

  • Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN)
  • International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
  • International Council of Nurses (ICN)
  • International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
  • International Pediatric Association (IPA)
World Health Organization
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