Global Health & Medicine 2023;5(5):301-305.

Lessons from the "Humanization of Childbirth" Projects: Qualitative analysis of seven projects funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency

Tahara-Sasagawa E, Mochida K, Sadamori T, Suzuki M, Guerrero C, Haruna M, Misago C


The "Humanization of Childbirth" Project is one of the various maternity care models that respect women and their newborn children. For more than a quarter of a century, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been implementing technical cooperation projects worldwide that place the humanization of childbirth at the center of the concept. By reviewing the project reports, the following 11 key processes were found for the formulation and implementation of future projects for the humanized maternity care: i) project-finding/exploration of unmet needs, ii) identification of local key persons, iii) organization of a project team and a back-up committee, iv) development of an action plan, v) sharing of concepts, vi) development of local leadership, vii) organization of infrastructure, viii) final evaluation and wrap-up seminar, ix) ensuring sustainability, x) development of younger generation experts, and xi) sustainable and autonomous action.

KEYWORDS: humanization of childbirth, respectful care, maternity care, childbirth, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2023.01054

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