There can be no Universal Health Coverage (UHC) without quality, equity, dignity and sexual and reproductive health and rights ‘– that statement by Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus captures one of the key takeaways from the 71st World Health Assembly.
Through quality care, midwives can raise the collective morale of women, their families, their communities and their societies to define pregnancy as a natural and normal life event whilst ensuring that services reach women wherever it is needed. And wherever the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls can be protected, midwives are there, standing next to them them as is their way.
At least half of the world’s population doesn’t have access to fundamental health services, and many are driven into poverty by out of pocket health expenses. A global campaign launched on International Maternal Health and Rights Day, What Women Want: Demands for quality reproductive and maternal health for women and girls, offers valuable insights for everyone working to achieve universal health coverage.
“What Women Want” is a global advocacy campaign to provide quality maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls and strengthen health systems. This campaign is not just for only one organization, it is for everybody to join if they want to get feedback from women and girls about what they want to see in a primary healthcare centre when they visit a health facility.
In our work and travel, we have been privileged to hear directly from women and girls around the world and all walks of life about what it is they most want for their health. Unsurprisingly, the answers vary. But most striking, is how often we hear that their wants and needs are ignored by health programs and initiatives intended to serve them.
Supporting maternal health and rights not only empowers women but their children and communities too. The International Day for Maternal Health and rights comes at a time when local and international organizations have come together to push for quality, equity and dignity of women and girls via a campaign dabbed #WhatWomenWant.
What Women Want is a global advocacy campaign to improve quality maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls and strengthen health systems. Launching on April 11, 2018—International Maternal Health and Rights Day—What Women Want sets out to query one million women and girls worldwide—from capital cities to rural villages—about their top priority for quality maternal and reproductive healthcare services by the end of 2018.