USAID Addresses Disrespect and Abuse in Childbirth Through Grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development has provided two grants worth $1.2 million to develop interventions that would prevent the disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth in developed and developing countries alike.

USAID awarded the Population Council and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program with two-year grants amounting to $600,000 each to conduct their own studies on the disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth at health facilities. The grants were coursed through the Translating Research into Action project with University Research Co. LLC.

“Investing in women - including providing quality and dignified pregnancy-related care - is essential to the prosperity and opportunity of all people,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, as quoted in a USAID press release dated May 6.

Some examples of disrespect and abuse are “humiliation, not respecting a woman’s privacy and dignity, examinations and even surgery performed without her consent, discrimination based on attributes such as tribe, race, caste, or socio-economic status, abandonment or denial of care, and physical and verbal abuse during childbirth,” according to the press release.

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