Global Perinatal Task Force on Quality Perinatal Care during COVID-19 - Phase II

As healthcare systems seek to reorganize and redeploy resources to protect the quality, safety, rights and dignity of pregnant people during periods of crisis, we are marshalling the collective wisdom, expertise and lived experiences of members of the Global Perinatal Task Force on Quality Perinatal Care during COVID-19. We are co-creating an accessible virtual platform to bring critical, evidence-based guidance and pragmatic information to communities globally. Together we are designing, developing, and disseminating the Quality Maternal Newborn Care Hub (QMNC Hub), an interactive, digital repository of resources and a mapping tool of culture-matched strategies that are immediately accessible to a wide range of stakeholders across multiple levels of service and connectivity.

The following objectives guide the ongoing evidence-based development of the QMNC Hub:

  1. Mobilize, organize, annotate, and curate pragmatic guidance tools to support reallocation and mobilization of human and physical resource across birth settings, including virtual perinatal care and rapid response maternity units.
  2. Collate a set of human rights standards, instruments, policies, and accountability measures that are essential resources to ensure respectful, equitable, person-centred pregnancy and childbirth care during the pandemic and beyond.
  3. Develop the QMNC Hub as an open-source, interactive, accessible digital repository of documents, videos, and tools that can support rapid implementation of best practice systems for maternity care during crises.
  4. Engage global partners and community stakeholders across sectors to ensure maximal dissemination and utility of the QMNC Hub and an integrated knowledge transfer package that consider high- to low-connectivity settings, languages, and modes of communication, ensuring relevance, utility, and accessibility.
  5. 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 and humanitarian or natural disasters.