Status of institutional-level respectful maternity care: Results from the national Ethiopia EmONC assessment

Ephrem D. Sheferaw*, Rena Bakker, Tefera Taddele, Abiyu Geta, Young Mi Kim, Thomas van den Akker, Jelle Stekelenburg

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the availability of an institutional-level respectful maternity care (RMC) index, its components, and associated factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was applied to a 2016 census of 3804 health facilities in Ethiopia. The availability of an institutional-level RMC index was computed as the availability of all nine items identified as important aspects of institutional-level RMC during childbirth. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors associated with availability of the index. Results: Three components of the institutional-level RMC index were identified: “RMC policy,” “RMC experience,” and “facility for provision of RMC.” Overall, 28% of facilities (hospitals, 29.9%; health centers, 27.8%) reported availability of the institutional-level RMC index. Facility location urbanization (urban region), percentage of maternal and newborn health workers trained in basic emergency obstetric and newborn care, and availability of maternity waiting homes in health facilities were positively associated with availability of the institutional-level RMC index. Conclusion: Only one in three facilities reported availability of the institutional-level RMC index. The Ethiopian government should consider strengthening support mechanisms in different administrative regions (urban, pastoralist, and agrarian), implementing the provision training for health workers that incorporates RMC components, and increasing the availability of maternity waiting homes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Ethiopia
  • Mistreatment
  • Respectful maternity care

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