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WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE: White Ribbon Alliance India: Respecting and Saving Mothers

The well-being of a woman and of her newborn are interconnected, and both can be marginalized in the process of childbirth and the ensuing months. Focusing on preventing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality is not enough.

Care during this period needs to encompass basic human rights, including the rights to respect, dignity, confidentiality, information and informed consent, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and freedom from discrimination and from all forms of ill-treatment.

Through White Ribbon Alliance India's advocacy efforts, the rights articulated in the Respectful Maternity Care Charter: Universal Rights of Women and Newborns were incorporated in the Government of India Guidelines on Respectful Maternity Care, as well as the Respectful Maternity Care Training Manual for service providers in public health facilities, ensuring that millions of women across India will now have access to quality, respectful care by doctors, nurses and midwives who have been trained to give care to women and their newborns using a human rights-based approach.

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