Every two minutes, a woman dies needlessly from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. For nearly three decades, Family Care International has worked to end this slow-motion catastrophe. FCI fights for commitment and funding to save women's lives, and works with communities to raise awareness, create innovative solutions and tools, and implement effective programs.
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FCI and partners publish research on true cost of maternal death in Reproductive Health Journal (May 2015) New research in the open access journal Reproductive Health shows that the death of a woman during pregnancy and childbirth devastates her family’s financial and economic stability as well as her children’s health, education, and future opportunities. ► Full story and FCI Blog
Our life, our rights: Indigenous women and access to comprehensive HIV services (March 2015) FCI-Ecuador and partners will host a Latin America regional meeting March 25-27 to share progress and renew national and regional commitments to increase access of comprehensive health services for indigenous women living with HIV.► More information
MamaMiso: A simple medicine provides hope to Uganda mothers (January 2015) New research from Uganda shows that having community health workers distribute misoprostol to women planning to give birth at home is a safe and effective way to prevent post-partum hemmorhage, the leading cause of maternal death.►The FCI Blog
Breaking the silence on gender-based violence in Mali (December 2014) Adama Sanogo of FCI-Mali writes that FCI's work with refugees from Mali's civil conflict is helping to bring victims of gender-based violence out of the shadows and providing them with access to life-restoring social and medical services.►The FCI Blog
Maternal health supplies ARE reproductive health supplies (December 2014) At a Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition meeting in Mexico City, FCI engaged in discussion of the ways that efforts to strengthen supply chains for maternal health medicines can benefit from lessons learned in distribution of contraceptives.►The FCI Blog
Kenya health workers brave community health care alone (November 2014) Many Kenyan health facilities have only one nurse to provide all patient care, putting a heavy strain on the health worker and making essential services unavailable for hours every day. Melissa Wanda of FCI-Kenya writes that FCI and partners are holding county governments accountable for addressing this dramatic and damaging health worker shortage.►The FCI Blog
UNGA week shows maternal, newborn health central to development (October 2014) The unprecedented level of attention to women’s and children’s health at this year's UN General Assembly is a welcome sign of the centrality of the health of mothers and newborns to a range of development challenges, including climate change, humanitarian crises, and the Ebola epidemic, says FCI interim president Amy Boldosser-Boesch.►The FCI Blog
Women's Lives Matter (October 2014) New research from FCI and partners shows that the impact of a woman’s death in pregnancy or childbirth goes far beyond the loss of a woman in her prime, and can mean death for her newborn and lasting damage to her surviving children.►The FCI Blog here, here, and here
Midwives and misoprostol: Saving lives from PPH (August 2014) FCI's Shafia Rashid shows that putting misoprostol in the hands of midwives and other non‐physician providers can help ensure that every woman has access to the uterotonic medicines that can protect her from the suffering and potential death that can be caused by postpartum hemorrhage.►The FCI Blog
FCI and partners show SRHR key to post-2015 agenda (August 2014) On behalf of the Universal Access Project, FCI has produced briefing cards on Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, explaining the links connecting SRHR with other key development issues including environmental sustainability, gender equality, economic growth, educational attainment, and broader health goals.►News story and publication
Amy Boldosser-Boesch named interim president; Ann Starrs joins FCI board (July 14, 2014) FCI's board announced today that Amy Boldosser-Boesch, VP of Global Advocacy, is FCI's interim president, and that former president and co-founder Ann Starrs has joined the Board of Directors. ►Full story
Mapping maternal health advocacy in African countries (July 2014) With support from Merck for Mothers, FCI published comprehensive mappings of the maternal health advocacy environment in two countries, Uganda and Zambia.►Uganda publication, Zambia publication, and The FCI Blog
Countdown to 2015 publishes new data on 75 priority countries (July 2013) Countdown to 2015, for which FCI serves as lead advocacy partner, launched its 2014 report at the PMNCH Partners' Forum, with updated evidence on 75 countries accounting for over 95% of maternal and chid deaths.►Countdown website
ICEC study shows low EC awareness (June 2014) A new study co-authored by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception—ICEC (for which FCI serves as host organization) shows that most women in developing countries have never heard of or used emergency contraceptive (EC) pills.►Article
FCI builds midwives skills in evidence-based advocacy (June 2014) At the congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, FCI launched a toolkit to help national midwives' associations advocate for government investment and commitment to midwifery.►Publication and The FCI Blog
African advocates trained in budget advocacy (June 2014) Catherine Lalonde, senior program officer for Francophone Africa, reports on a regional workshop to train civil society, parliamentarians, and the media from 5 West African countries on budget analysis and advocacy for maternal and child health.►The FCI Blog
Advocacy success story: Burkina Faso broadens misoprostol access (April 2014) After focused advocacy led by FCI, the government of Burkina Faso revised its national Essential Medicines List to include misoprostol for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemmorhage, the leading cause of maternal death. FCI's country director, Dr. Brahima Bassane, reported the details. ►The FCI Blog
FCI Kenya study reveals impact of maternal death on children, families, communities (March 2014) An FCI research study sheds new light on the devastating impact of maternal death on families, bringing hard data and heart-breaking stories to a message that maternal health advocates have known for years: when women die, children suffer and families fall apart. ►Full story and The FCI Blog
Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng joins FCI Board of Directors (December 2013) Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng, currently Executive Vice President of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs for the Clinton Health Access Initiative and previously Lesotho’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, has joined FCI's Board of Directors. ►Full story
Mali in Crisis: FCI helping victims of gender-based violence (December 2013) Northern Mali has suffered a series of devastating crises, and UNICEF asked FCI to provide emergency support for the many women who experienced gender-based violence when war convulsed their home region. ►The FCI Blog
Community leaders in Burkina Faso leading on women’s and children’s health (November 2013) In the remote villages of the Sahel region in northern Burkina Faso, most women still give birth at home. FCI's innovative program mobilizes religious and traditional leaders to prevent child marriage and encourage use of family planning, pre-natal, and skilled childbirth services. ►The FCI Blog
Burkina Faso: Expanding Access to Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage (October 2013) Many of Burkina Faso's more than 2,000 annual maternal deaths are caused by postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). FCI convened a high-level meeting to share strategies for making misoprostol — a safe and effective medicine for PPH — more affordable and accessible. ►The FCI Blog
Improving Access, Saving Lives: Essential maternal health medicines (September 2013) Too often, life-saving medicines do not reach women in developing countries. FCI and partners hosted a Twitter expert hour to discuss how increasing access to misoprostol, oxytocin, and magnesium sulfate can save millions of women’s lives. ►The FCI Blog
Nairobi budget-tracking workshop sharpens accountability efforts (August 2013) Government and civil society representatives from Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda attended an FCI-coordinated workshop to learn to advocate for increased national budgets devoted to improving women’s and children’s health. ►Full story
Engaging communities in programs for postpartum hemorrhage prevention (July 2013) FCI president Ann Starrs highlights community distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), featuring case studies from Nigeria and Nepal. ►The FCI Blog
From obstetric fistula survivor to empowered citizen(July 2013) In a blog cross-posted with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Alain Kaboré of FCI-Burkina Faso wrote of the critical role of frontline health workers in bringing fistula survivors out of the shadows and getting them treatment so that they can reclaim their lives. ►The FCI Blog
'What about an ounce of cure…?' (April 2013) While support for the use of misoprostol to prevent post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) — the single leading cause of maternal mortality — has been growing steadily, there has not been equal emphasis on treating PPH when it does occur.►The FCI Blog
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