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Maternity services: women want respect and dignity above all else, finds global survey

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 07 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4107
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Vancouver

A survey of 1.2 million women from more than half (114) of the world’s countries has found that the thing they most wanted from reproductive and maternal health services was to be treated with respect and dignity.1

After that requirement, the women, who were asked an open ended question about their health needs, said that they would like clean water, sanitation, hygiene, and adequate medicines and supplies.

Kristy Kade, deputy executive director of the White Ribbon Alliance, a US based international coalition of organisations aimed at decreasing maternal and newborn mortality, and co-chair of the What Women Want campaign, which conducted …

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