Maternal, Newborn and Infant Health: A Fresh Look


The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), a community-based NGO, has been working steadily on several important projects in the past year. This one is a partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry. As I have noted before, Jamaica failed to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals related to maternal health and infant mortality (specifically, #5 – “reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health” and #4 – “reducing infant mortality”). These are obviously closely related. The EU-funded PROMAC program takes a human rights approach to the issue through the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights JA (you can find them on Facebook at Promac Mohja and on Twitter @HealthRightsJa). Here is more! And do follow Petre W. Raynor’s blog for more updates…

Green Seeds

There is a movement afoot in Jamaica, one designed to have people look with fresh eyes and through a human rights lens, at the health of women, their newborns and infants.

It is being marshalled by the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre and partners, the University of the West Indies’ Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, with their efforts entailed under the project titled “Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health in Jamaica”.

MNIH Coleman Nov 29 Stakeholders at a November 29 workshop on patients’ rights in Jamaica, held at Alhambra Inn in Kingston. The workshop, hosted under the “Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in #MNIH in Jamaica” project, brought together a variety of actors, toward the promotion of collaboration on the issue of patients’ rights. (Photo: Aldeno Stewart)

THE RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH

There are a range of human rights “directly implicated” by maternal morbidity and mortality…

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