A group of Malawian women in the
Maternity Waiting Room

Promoting facility-based childbirth is a global strategy for improving both maternal and newborn outcomes. However, around the world-in both industrialized and low- and middle-income countries- too many women who give birth in health facilities face undignified conditions, a lack of services and resources, and poor quality of care.  Health care worker performance is often hindered by sub-optimal care environments, including poor infrastructure, limited supplies, heavy workloads and insufficient support. Advancing quality of maternal and newborn health care requires an equal focus on the provision and experience of care. 

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The Applied Implementation Science (IS) Strategy

The implementation science approach requires deliberate engagement of multiple actors representing an extensive array of skill sets and experiences to apply evidence to the most pressing challenges facing health policy and program implementation. The HEARD Project supports partnerships that implement research-to-use activities in support of high quality, respectful experiences for providers and clients across the maternal and reproductive service delivery continuum. Partnership activities include stakeholder consultation, research, liberation of existing data for decision-making, policy advocacy engagement, knowledge hub development and information dissemination.  In addition to global and regional efforts, partners are specifically supporting activities in Tanzania, Malawi, and Madagascar. These efforts build on ground-breaking Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) work and quality improvement efforts in maternal and newborn health, including the TRAction Project.