Global Perinatal Task Force on Quality Perinatal Care - Phase III
As healthcare systems reorganized to protect the quality, safety, rights and dignity of pregnant people during the global COVID-19 pandemic, we relied on the collective wisdom, expertise and lived experiences of members of the Global Perinatal Task Force on Quality Perinatal Care. We co-created an accessible, virtual platform to bring evidence-based guidance and pragmatic information to communities during periods of humanitarian crisis. The Quality Perinatal Services Hub (QPS Hub), is an interactive, platform that mobilizes resources and culture-matched strategies to uphold human rights and quality of care during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care.
The goals of the QPS Hub are to:
- Mobilize, organize, annotate, and curate pragmatic guidance to support reallocation and mobilization of human and physical resources across birth settings, including virtual perinatal care and rapid response maternity units.
- Collate a set of human rights standards, instruments, policies, and accountability measures that are essential to ensure respectful, equitable, person-centred pregnancy and childbirth care during humanitarian crises and beyond.
- Serve as an open-source, interactive, accessible digital repository of documents, videos, and tools that support rapid implementation of best practices in perinatal services.
- Enable global partners and community stakeholders to collaborate as they disseminate the QPS Hub and resources across local and regional health systems.
- Deliver an integrated knowledge transfer package that considers high- to low-connectivity settings, languages, and modes of communication, ensuring relevance, utility, and accessibility.
- Compile and disseminate lessons learned on effective high quality person-centred care during and after pregnancy and birth when health systems are disrupted, "using" COVID-19 as an opportunity to highlight what needs to be done during new or re-emerging epidemics, conflict zones or natural disasters.