Regional Meeting on Respectful Maternal Care, Panama, September 12-13, 2016

In spite of advances in the last few years in quality of maternal care and its consequent improvement in maternal and newborn death rates, access to quality maternal care is far for equitable in the Americas region. Many women –the poorest particularly, still face innumerable social, cultural and ethnical barriers, lack of respect and abuse and/or use of aggressive and unnecessary technologies and practices in maternal care processes.


Regional Meeting on Respectful Maternal Care Panama, September 12-13

Respectful maternal care with focus on human rights and quality of care

Consequent with the commitment to promote Respectful Maternal Care as a core strategy to reduce maternal mortality the GTR has convened a regional meeting with experts from 11 countries of the Latin America and Caribbean Region to discuss current situation on this fundamental issue for women rights.

The meeting will take place in Panama City on the 12th and 13th of September and will gather delegates from Brazil, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panamá, Paraguay and Peru.

During the meeting, participants will discuss current situation in relation to respectful maternal care, and perspectives and strategies to strengthen respectful maternal care and priorities for action will be identified, based on best available evidence with a focus on human rights and gender perspectives.

Expected results include an improved commitment from countries and partners to support the implementation and evaluation of the measures identified during the meeting to promote better quality of maternity care and reduce disrespect and abuse.


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: NGO Delegation recruitment for Latin America and the Caribbean region

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) was the first United Nations program to have formal civil society representation on its governing body.


Maternal Mortality Surveillance and Response Guidelines: Technical Consultation. Panama, November 30th-December 2, 2015

Among the most efficient strategies to accelerate progress in maternal mortality reduction is the strengthening of maternal mortality epidemiological surveillance mechanisms. In 2013, WHO published the new guidelines “Maternal death surveillance and response: technical guidance. Information for action to prevent maternal death”. This document places especial focus on the need for an effective response and improvement of accountability of finding of the surveillance process.


Review of the Inter-Agency Strategic Consensus for Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Panama, 27-28 October, 2015.

In 2002-2003, under the leadership of PAHO/WHO and with active participation of other GTR members, national governments and civil society, the region developed the Interagency Consensus for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Reduction that was launched in PAHO headquarters in Washington in 2014. This documents was the foundation of regional dialogue on maternal health and essential to the development and implementation of policies and programs to reduce maternal mortality in the region.


Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's: Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

World leaders and the international community gathered at the U.N. to adopt the next set of global goals to end poverty and ensure a world of extreme possibilities.​On Saturday, October 26, building on the progress made and lessons learned, the U.N. Secretary-General launched an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, a roadmap for ending all preventable deaths of women, children, and adolescents by 2030.


Report Shows Widespread Mistreatment by Health Workers During Childbirth

They are slapped and pinched during labor, yelled at, denied pain medicine, neglected and forced to share beds with other women who just gave birth. And that is just a partial list of the abuses and humiliations inflicted on women around the world as their babies are born.

A new report based on information from 34 countries, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, finds that “many women globally experience poor treatment during childbirth, including abusive, neglectful or disrespectful care.”

This kind of mistreatment can drive women away from hospitals and undermine international goals of reducing deaths during childbirth — now about 300,000 a year. Most maternal deaths are preventable: They are caused by problems that can be treated, like bleeding, infection and high blood pressure. Often, to save the woman’s life, the care must be quick and expert.

Read more here:


State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

The health of the world's population is in a state of inequality. That is to say, there are vastly different stories to tell about a person's health depending on where they live, their level of education, and whether they are rich or poor, etc. Monitoring the state of inequality in health takes into account the current experiences of population subgroups, as well as the trends of how health experiences in these subgroups have changed over time. This 2015 report demonstrates best practices in reporting the results of health inequality monitoring, and introduces innovative ways for audiences to explore inequality data.  Interactive data visualization components - including story-points, equity country profiles, maps and reference tables - accompany the key messages and findings of this report, allowing users to customize data displays and engage in benchmarking according to their interests. A series of feature stories indicated that inequalities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health persist, despite having narrowed over the past decade. There is still much progress to be made in reducing inequalities in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health through equity-oriented policies, programmes and practices. Though the report draws on data about reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in low- and middle-income countries, the approach and underlying concepts can be widely applied to any health topic.


Interactive visuals:


Fifth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Mexico office of the Population Council is pleased to announce that the Fifth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in Mexico City on September 28-30, 2015. Download here the MEETING NOTICE, and the CALL FOR ABSTRACS and PERFORMED PANELS

The objectives for the meeting are to:

a) share results from recent research and cumulative experience in the field and the region;

b) strengthen the network of researchers, service providers and individuals working with women’s groups on issues related to unwanted pregnancy and abortion; and

c) reinforce strategies to foster dissemination of research results.

The three-day meeting will include keynote speakers and presentations from experts. Researchers mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean will share research advancements through oral, poster and panel presentations concerning:


  1. Topics to dispel common myths and misconceptions about abortion
  2. Abortion access after non-consensual sex
  3. Abortion and men as partners
  4. Abortion and task sharing (e.g. nurses and/or midwives)
  5. Abortion and vulnerable populations
  6. Abortion and the new churches (e.g. Brazil, Guatemala and Nicaragua)
  7. Abortion in North America and Europe: similarities and differences
  8. Abortion in the context of teen pregnancy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
  9. Abortion restrictions and mortality/morbidity
  10. Abortion stigma and discrimination
  11. Barriers to safe abortion after legal reform
  12. Case studies on abortion access and provision from LAC (e.g. Colombia, Chile Cuba, Dominican Republic and Guyana)
  13.  Comprehensive access to family planning and/or abortion services
  14. Cost and financing of abortion care in diverse contexts
  15.  Experiences from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  16. Experiences of health professionals when providing services to prevent unwanted pregnancy and safe/legal abortion
  17.  Family planning and abortion among adolescents
  18. Impact of restrictive legislations, including consequences of unsafe/illegal abortion
  19. Methodological issues in measuring abortion prevalence and/or complications in LAC
  20. Post-abortion care
  21.  Public opinion on abortion and opportunities for legal reform
  22. Quality of abortion care
  23.  Referral networks for abortion: how they operate in diverse contexts
  24. Reporting on abortion where abortion is restricted (most of Latin America)
  25. Role of media and public discourse on acceptability of abortion care
  26. Sexual and reproductive health policies and programs
  27. Technological advances on abortion, including experiences with medical abortion

The enclosed form should be used to submit by May 1, 2015, in a maximum of 250 words, abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Submissions will be evaluated by review teams and authors will be informed of the result regarding their submission by June 1, 2015.

The review team will also determine which of the submitted abstracts will be accepted either as oral or poster presentations. Priority will be given to research projects that consider topics to dispel common myths and misconceptions about abortion.

Please feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues.

Meeting Secretariat:
Valeria Araico,
Guillermina Herrera, and
Marlene Plascencia.
Population Council - Mexico
Tel. (+52 55) 5999 8630
E-mail: /cc: info.popcouncilmexico

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