Follow-up report on the application of the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity
Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 39/10, adopted by the Human Rights Council on 27 September 2018, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a follow-up report on the application of the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, to be submitted to the Human Rights Council at its forty-fifth session.
OHCHR would like to invite to all United Nations Member States, United Nations agencies and funds, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, independent experts of human rights treaty bodies and Human Rights Council special procedures and other relevant stakeholders to submit information on how your Government or organization has disseminated and applied the technical guidance. In particular, information on the following would be welcome:
- What steps has your Government or organization taken to utilize a human rights-based approach in policies and programmes to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, including in the context of humanitarian settings? How has the technical guidance assisted your Government or organization in designing, implementing, revising and/or evaluating such policies and programmes?
- Has the technical guidance assisted your Government or organization in building enhanced understanding of the requirements of a human rights-based approach? If so, please expand upon the impact that such enhanced understanding has for the design and implementation of policies and programmes in this area.
- What challenges does your Government or organization face in implementing a human rights-based approach in policies and programmes to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and morbidity? Please elaborate on the nature of these challenges and steps taken to address them.
- Please provide information on the main areas of concern specifically in relation to maternal morbidities in your country and/or context. Please elaborate on the main causes leading to maternal morbidities in your country and/or context?
- Is there particular group of women and girls who are more at risk of maternal morbidities? (For instance, adolescents, women living with HIV, indigenous women, women of African descent, women from rural areas etc.)
- What type of measures are in place to prevent maternal morbidity, including laws, policies and programmes? How has a human rights-based approach informed such measures?
- What measures are in place to support women and girls affected by maternal morbidities, including targeted programmes aiming at addressing their specific needs?
- Does your Government or organization regularly collect and analyse disaggregated data and information on maternal morbidities? Please elaborate on good practices and challenges in this regard.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights would be grateful if submissions could be limited to five pages and sent to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10; Fax. +41 22 917 90 08; Email:
20 January 2020.
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