Launch of Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health


Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing the actions outlined in the joint statements.

The four joint statements are in support of the World Health Organization’s updated recommendations on standards of quality care for mothers and newborns, and associated guidelines on:

1. Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
2. International WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes
3. International Policy Statement for Universal Use of Kangaroo Mother Care for Preterm and Low Birth weight Infants
4. Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants 0–59 days old when referral is not feasible

Health care professional associations have a critical role to play in improving the quality of maternal and newborn health care in their countries and worldwide. These statements affirm the commitment to the implementation efforts of the Every Newborn Action Plan (WHA67.10) as well as the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, 2016-2030 (A69/A/CONF./2).

The joint statements were developed through an inclusive process by multiple partners, reviewed and endorsed by the health care professional associations. Partners included the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), Project Concern International, University Research Corporation, Save the Children, Unites States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Childrens’ Fund. Health care professional associations include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), International Pediatric Association (IPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).