Implementing International Human Rights Recommendations To Improve Obstetric Care in Brazil

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 143(1), 114-120 (2018)

Posted: 19 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Beatriz Galli

IPAS USA

Sandra Valongueiro Alves

Federal University, Recife

Date Written: July 23, 2018

Abstract

In 2011, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued a groundbreaking decision in the case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira versus Brazil involving the maternal death of a young Afro‐Brazilian woman. The CEDAW addressed systemic failures in the Brazilian health system that combined to violate Alyne's rights to life, health, and access to maternal health services. Almost 5 years later, after significant back and forth between the concerned parties, a technical follow‐up commission was created with the support of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and was welcomed by the government of Brazil. The technical follow‐up commission was precedent‐setting, seeking to move beyond identifying gaps in “compliance” and concentrate instead on issues that might catalyze re‐engagement by national level stakeholders, both governmental and non‐governmental, with the aim of advancing CEDAW's recommendations through not only the creation, but also the effective implementation, of policies and programs that promote women's sexual and reproductive rights in practice, including their rights to safe motherhood. Here, the human‐rights‐based framework of the technical follow‐up commission is described, in addition to their findings related to legal and policy frameworks, evidence‐based programing, and monitoring and oversight of providers.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely and Galli Bevilacqua, Maria Beatriz and Valongueiro Alves, Sandra, Implementing International Human Rights Recommendations To Improve Obstetric Care in Brazil (July 23, 2018). International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 143(1), 114-120 (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3794414

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Sandra Valongueiro Alves

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