Vision and Objectives

The vision of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health is that every pregnant woman, newborn and child receives good quality care in health services, with the ambitious goal to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in health facilities within five years in the nine participating countries. In its first phase, the Quality of Care Network will initially focus on 10 countries, and provision of care around the time of childbirth and the immediate postnatal period, but its scope will gradually expand to cover more countries and the broader continuum of care.

The Quality of Care Network aims to:

  • Reduce maternal and newborn mortality in health facilities in target country districts by 50% over five years and to halve intra-partum stillbirths;
  • Improve experience of care.

The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health will support countries in achieving their targets agreed under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths, and stillbirths (see box below), and to work towards Universal Health Coverage. The Quality of Care Network is also a tangible effort towards achieving the vision set out by the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Healtha world in which every woman, child and adolescent in every setting can survive, thrive, and transform their societies and our world.

If the Quality of Care Network is successful, millions of women and their newborn infants who endure unnecessary and preventable risks in childbirth will benefit from better care; health workers who face enormous challenges in resource-poor settings will have access to quality of care improvement solutions that are adapted to their context; nations which see investment in healthy women and children as the bedrock of economic and social development will implement their maternal, newborn and children health strategies more efficiently; and global development partners will see rapid progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the targets of Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents’ Health.


Targets for ending preventable maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goal 3

  • Every country should reduce its maternal mortality ratio by at least 2/3 from the 2010 baseline, and no country should have a rate higher than 140 deaths per 100.000 live births, a number twice the global target
  • Every country should have a national neonatal mortality rate of < 12 per 1000 live births and a stillbirth rate of < 12 per 1000 total births
  • The global average target of maternal mortality ratio is <70 maternal deaths per 100.000 live births
  • The global neonatal mortality rate milestone will be 9 per 1000 live births and stillbirth rate 9 per 1000 total births