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A Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and Communities
 

A Price Too High to Bear, a research study conducted in Kenya by Family Care International in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, documents the financial and social costs of maternal death to families in a poor, remote community and the ways that these costs affect newborn survival, child health and education, and family well-being.

A technical brief summarizing the study's findings is available for download, along with two advocacy briefs that highlight the key messages.

A Systematic Review of the Interconnections between Maternal & Newborn Health
 

Poor maternal and newborn health is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in developing countries, with most maternal and newborn deaths caused by the poor health of the mother before or during pregnancy, or by poor quality care during and immediately after childbirth. In close collaboration with Aga Khan University, Family Care International undertook work highlighting the interconnections between maternal and newborn health and identifying common advocacy messages to promote investment in and implementation of evidence-based interventions found to be beneficial to both women and newborns.

Built on findings emerging from a systematic review of recent and on-going research of the impact of potential interventions on maternal and newborn outcomes,this set of advocacy materials for dissemination at key meeting and events includes:

  • An executive summary of the full research paper, for research/academic/medical audiences
  • A pocket card, for advocates and policymakers, incorporating the review findings and key messages
Advancing Commitments: Sexual and Reproductive Health Presentation Tools - - Promoviendo Compromisos: Instrumentos para presentaciones sobre salud sexual y reproductiva
 

Released as a CD-ROM containing a set of user-friendly tools, including 70 PowerPoint slides, a user’s manual, and additional resources, designed for use in developing and giving presentations on a range of sexual and reproductive health and rights topics. Content from the CD-ROM is enabled online.

Advocacy, Approval, Access: Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage A Guide for Effective Advocacy
 

This publication provides guidance to national advocates and civil society organizations in conducting effective advocacy for the successful uptake of misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Through case studies and an Advocacy for Access Framework, this publication provides concrete examples to support misoprostol’s availability and use at the national level.

Advocating for Maternal Health: A Checklist for Private Sector Health Providers
 

This checklist presents a set of tips and relevant resources and tools to help private sector health providers improve their knowledge, skills, and capacity to conduct advocacy in support of maternal health.

 

Advocating Together: The Power of Alliances for Maternal Health
 

This toolkit provides guidance for national civil society organizations (CSOs) interested in establishing or strengthening an alliance in support of maternal health advocacy. The toolkit provides a step-by-step approach to working with partners in a national-level alliance to advocate for maternal health policy change. Divided into three major sections, each provides steps CSOs can take in order to:

  1. Analyze the maternal health environment in order to decide if working with an alliance is advantageous;
  2. Work with an alliance by either joining an established alliance or creating a new one; and
  3. Plan advocacy activities taking into account the political context and ways an alliance can effectively reach decision makers.
Apuntar al 5: La Salud de las Mujeres y los ODM
 

Estas fichas informativas, producidas por Women Deliver en colaboración con Family Care International, esbozan por qué los y las que toman las decisiones deben dar prioridad a salvar las vidas de las madres y los recién nacidos, y las inversiones clave que deberán realizar para lograr ese objetivo. Diseñado para ser usado por legisladores, grupos de la sociedad civil y activistas, Apuntar al 5 detalla por qué el mundo necesita invertir ahora en salud materna, neonatal y reproductiva, y las acciones estratégicas requeridas para mejorar los servicios de salud vitales para las madres y sus recién nacidos en el mundo en desarrollo.

 

Apuntes para la incidencia en las políticas públicas sobre maternidad segura y salud sexual y reproductiva para mujeres indígenas
 

This educational manual (“Notes on the impact that public policies have on safe motherhood and the sexual and reproductive health of indigenous women”) explains the implications of public policies; the role of civil society in shaping public policies; what they consist of; and how they are designed, decided, implemented and monitored. It helps to foster the role of community health agents in ensuring that the demands of indigenous organizations translate into culturally pertinent public health policies.

Este manual didáctico explica qué son y en qué consisten las políticas públicas, cómo se diseñan, deciden, implementan y mantienen a lo largo del tiempo, y la importancia de incidir sobre las mismas a través de la demanda político-social que se genera desde el desarrollo de las capacidades colectivas. Así, explica el rol de los agentes de salud comunitarios para favorecer que las exigencias de las organizaciones indígenas se traduzcan en políticas públicas de salud efectivas.

Buenas prácticas en prevención del embarazo adolescente: Herramienta para la sistematización de experiencias desde una perspectiva de buenas prácticas [Best Practices for Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Tool for Systematizing Experiences]
 

El objetivo de este documento es guiar la sistematización de experiencias de prevención del embarazo adolescente tanto de los ministerios como de organizaciones de la sociedad civil bajo la óptica de “buenas prácticas”. La herramienta se construyó participativamente a partir de los procesos de sistematización de iniciativas que emprendieron los Ministerios de Salud de los seis países del Plan Andino para la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes — Chile, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia y Venezuela — entre 2008 y 2009, describe sus lecciones aprendidas y presenta una guía para la comunicación de aprendizajes.

This document is a guide for systematizing best practices in prevention of adolescent pregnancy, based on government and civil society experience. It describes a process conducted in 2008 and 2009 by Ministries of Health from the six member countries of the Andean Plan to Reduce Unwanted Teenage and Adolescent Pregnancy (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela) to analyze their teen pregnancy initiatives using a best-practices lens, and outlines lessons learned.

Care-Seeking During Pregnancy, Delivery, and Postpartum Period: A Study in Homabay and Migori Districts, Kenya
 


Skilled maternity care is recognized as a critical key to reducing maternal mortality. Today in many developing countries, however, more than half of women go through childbirth without such care. These women suffer disproportionately from pregnancy and childbirth complications that, far too often, lead to death or serious disability. In 2000, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FCI launched the five-year Skilled Care Initiative, to improve pregnancy and childbirth care in more than 100 health facilities in four poor rural districts of Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania. This publication reports on qualitative research that gathered information on community member’s  shared attitudes, values and beliefs about maternal health services.

Cartillas: "Maternidad Segura" y "Salud Sexual y Reproductiva"
 

Los presentes módulos de capacitación, adaptado de ¡Cuídate!: Una guía de salud y bienestar, fueron desarrollados para prestadores/as de servicios de consejería médica a mujeres en edad reproductiva, mujeres embarazadas y madres de niños/as menores de dos años. Los mismos abordan de forma integral y con un enfoque de derechos temas relevantes a la salud sexual y reproductiva y salud materna.

These training modules, adapted from ¡Cuídate!: Una guía de salud y bienestar, were developed for use by Bolivian health care providers for counseling women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and mothers of children under two. They contain comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health and maternal health, including the rights to health and services of this population.

Changing Lives, Saving Lives
 

Rangwe Health Centre in Kenya is one facility that has shown a remarkable change since the beginning of the Skilled Care Initiative. The facility is featured in our short film, “Changing Lives, Saving Lives.”

Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All
 
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Summarizes negotiated commitments from seven major international conferences and conventions into a comprehensive checklist of sexual and reproductive health issues.

Countdown 2015: Advocacy Toolkit CD-ROM
 
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Includes all content from the Countdown 2015 magazine in French, Spanish, and English on one CD-ROM

Countdown 2015: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All
 
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A magazine describing progress made and challenges ahead in implimenting the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action by 2015.

Cuidémonos para vivir bien – Alli Kawsay Kamayuk
 

Cuidémonos para vivir bien, una reciente adaptación del rotafolio Cuidate para las comunidades indígenas de Ecuador, es una herramienta que permite, a agentes de salud comunitarios, abordar los temas de salud y derechos sexuales y reproductivos desde la cosmovisión Andina.

Education communautaire pour une meilleure santé de la reproduction : Un guide de formation (Community-based Education for Better Reproductive Health: A Training Guide)
 
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Education communautaire pour une meilleure santé de la reproduction : Un guide de formation
6-day training curriculum to strengthen practical skills of health workers working in the community.

El Enfoque Intercultural en las Normas de Salud Materna: Ecuador 1994-2009
 

Esta publicación sistematiza los esfuerzos del Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP) del Ecuador para mejor adecuar sus programas y políticas de salud materna al contexto pluricultural y multiétnico ecuatoriano.

This Spanish-language publication reviews the efforts of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health (MOH) to better adapt its maternal health policies and programs to Ecuador’s multicultural and multiethnic context.

Essential Medicines for Maternal Health: Ensuring Equitable Access for All
 

A set of seven briefs, available in English, French, and Spanish, that outline challenges and solutions for increasing the availability and use of three essential maternal health medicines (oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate), drawing on lessons and experience from reproductive health supplies.

Estimaciones de Mortalidad Materna en América Latina y el Caribe: Un breve panorama
 

Para poder diseñar políticas y programas de salud materna efectivos y enfocados a las poblaciones más afectadas, los gobiernos deben contar con información verídica sobre la mortalidad materna en sus países. Sin embargo, la medición de la mortalidad materna es una tarea compleja. En consecuencia, las estadísticas nacionales discrepan considerablemente de las estimaciones de mortalidad materna. Esta nota conceptual, disponible en Español y Inglés, describe las metodologías aplicadas por distintos grupos para medir y estimar la mortalidad materna y el por qué de las diferencias, utilizando ejemplos de América Latina y el Caribe.

Esta publicación se puede descargar en Español e Inglés.

Focus on 5: Women's Health and the MDGs
 
Focus on 5 briefing cards

The Focus on 5 briefing cards, produced by Women Deliver in consultation with Family Care International, outline why decision-makers should prioritize saving mothers’ and newborns’ lives and the key investments they should make in order to achieve that goal. Designed for use by policymakers, civil society groups, and advocates, Focus on 5 details why the world needs to invest now in maternal, newborn, and reproductive health and the strategic actions needed to improve vital health services for mothers and their newborns in the developing world.

Estas fichas informativas, producidas por Women Deliver en colaboración con Family Care International, esbozan por qué los y las que toman las decisiones deben dar prioridad a salvar las vidas de las madres y los recién nacidos, y las inversiones clave que deberán realizar para lograr ese objetivo. Diseñado para ser usado por legisladores, grupos de la sociedad civil y activistas, Apuntar al 5 detalla por qué el mundo necesita invertir ahora en salud materna, neonatal y reproductiva, y las acciones estratégicas requeridas para mejorar los servicios de salud vitales para las madres y sus recién nacidos en el mundo en desarrollo.

Ces fiches d’information, conçu par Les Femmes Donnent la Vie (Women Deliver) en consultation avec Family Care International, permettent d’exposer les raisons pour lesquelles les décideurs doivent donner la priorité aux vies des mères et des nouveaux nés ainsi qu’à des investissements clefs qu’ils pourraient mettre en oeuvre pour atteindre cet objectif. Destinés aux responsables politiques, associations de la société civile et aux défenseurs, Focalisons Nous Sur le 5 explique en détail pourquoi le monde doit miser dès maintenant sur la santé maternelle, néonatale et reproductive de même que sur les actions stratégiques nécessaires à l’amélioration des services sanitaires vitaux pour les mères et les nouveaux nés dans les pays en voie de développement.

Fortalecimiento de la Partería en América Latina y el Caribe: Informe sobre la colaboración entre la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas y la Confederación Internacional de Matronas, 2011-2014
 

La evidencia demuestra que invertir en el desarrollo de las capacidades de las matronas para prestar atención calificada del parto se traduce en resultados de salud positivos para mujeres, recién nacidos, familias y comunidades. Este documento describe las acciones adoptadas por UNFPA, ICM, FCI y sus aliados para fortalecer el papel y las competencias de las parteras profesionales en ALC. Este informe comienza con un panorama general de los retos claves que enfrenta la región, seguido de una descripción de las principales estrategias de la iniciativa, y concluye mostrando los logros más significativos de la alianza, las lecciones aprendidas durante los últimos tres años, y las recomendaciones para el futuro.

Este documento está disponible también en Inglés.

Harmoniser les services de santé Sauver des vies grâce à l’intégration des programmes de santé reproductive, maternelle, néonatale et infantile avec ceux relatifs au VIH/SIDA, à la tuberculose et au paludisme
 
Ces fiches d’information pour Harmoniser les services de Santé, publié en 2012 par la FCI et Population Action International dans le cadre de The Integration Partnership, présentent des informations sur l’intégration des services pour le VIH/SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
(VTP) tout au long du cycle continu des soins de la  santé reproductive, maternelle, néonatale et infantile (SRMNI). Disponible en français et en anglais, elles mettent en exergue les avantages liés à l’intégration, notamment la façon dont l’intégration peut contribuer à renforcer les systèmes de santé et les systèmes communautaires, à économiser de l’argent et à autonomiser les femmes en leur permettant d’avoir accès aux services SRMNI/VTP dont elles ont besoin et auxquels elles ont droit en réduisant la stigmatisation. Ces fiches présentent également des possibilités d’intégration SRMNI/VTP et des exemples de programmes dans différents pays africains qui ont réussi cette intégration.

Harmonizing Health Services: Saving Lives through Integration of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria Programs
 

These briefing cards, published in 2012 by FCI and Population Action International as part of The Integration Partnership, provide information on integrating AIDS, TB, and malaria services across the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health continuum of care. Available in both English and French, they highlight how integration can strengthen health and community systems, save money, and empower women to access the services they need and deserve.

Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers: An Information Guide - - Femmes en Bonne Sante, Meres en Bonne Sante
 
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290-page resource book on women’s health needs and problems in Africa. Designed for use by health workers and others who provide information and counseling to women at the community level.

Le misoprostol pour l’hémorragie post-partum: Intervenir auprès des femmes où qu’elles accouchent
 

De nombreux pays s’attaquent à ces problèmes et ont réalisé des progrès importants pour introduire et encourager l’utilisation du misoprostol pour l'hémorragie post-partum (HPP). Cette publication, disponible en  français et anglais, présente l’expérience de trois pays – le Bangladesh, le Népal et la Zambie – qui sont à la fois une source d’inspiration et un exemple pour d’autres qui cherchent à élargir l’accès au misoprostol et met en exergue le rôle essentiel d’un engagement et d’un appui au niveau national pour le développement de programmes efficaces.

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Living Testimony: Obstetric Fistula and Inequities in Maternal Health - - Témoignage Vivant: La Fistule Obstétricale et les Inegalités en Santé Maternelle
 

This advocacy publication, produced in 2007 by FCI and UNFPA for the Campaign to End Fistula, presents promising practices and strategic recommendations for policy makers, programmers, and researchers seeking strengthen fistula prevention and treatment programmes in affected countries. 
A toolkit with additional advocacy tools (communications/strategic messaging guide, detailed descriptions of promising practices, multimedia resources, and Powerpoint presentation) was published in CD-ROM format in 2010 — most of those tools are also available for download here.

 

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio y la salud sexual y reproductiva: Perspectiva desde la gente joven de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (Millennium Development Goals and Sexual and Reproductive Health: The perspective of Latin America and Caribbean Youth)
 

This resource aims to increase Latin American and Caribbean youth’s access to key information on the Millennium Development Goals and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Esta publicación facilita el acceso de la gente joven de América Latina y el Caribe a información clave sobre los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM) y la salud sexual y reproductiva.

Making the Case for Midwifery: A Toolkit for Using Evidence from the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report to Create Policy Change at the Country Level
 

This toolkit, available now in English, as well as in a preliminary draft version and French, is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capacity of midwives, and of their national midwifery associations, to conduct advocacy for positive policy change. using evidence published in The State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014 report. Final versions in French and Spanish will be available later in 2014.

 

Manual para la humanización y adecuación cultural de la atención del parto (HACAP)
 

Developed jointly by FCI, QAP and the Minister of Health of Ecuador, this manual intends to help health care managers facilitate a dialogue with mothers and traditional birth attendants to identify changes that can make facility-based delivery more acceptable to expectant mothers.

Mapping Maternal Health Advocacy: A Case Study of Uganda
 

In 2012-2013, Family Care International conducted a mapping analysis in Uganda to gather information on the maternal health policy environment; the organizations, partnerships, and networks currently and potentially engaged in maternal health advocacy; and the advocacy goals, strategies, resources, and core messages being used. Through desk research, in-depth interviews with key informants, and focus group discussions, the mapping identifies advocacy priorities, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.

Mapping Maternal Health Advocacy: A Case Study of Zambia
 

In 2013, Family Care International conducted a mapping analysis in Zambia to gather information on the maternal health policy environment; the organizations, partnerships, and networks currently and potentially engaged in maternal health advocacy; and the advocacy goals, strategies, resources, and core messages being used. Through desk research and in-depth interviews with key informants, the mapping identifies advocacy priorities, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.

Mapping Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Regional Reports
 

In 2010 and 2011, Family Care International conducted mappings in five regions: Francophone West Africa, East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and South Asia. These mappings identified the major policy challenges and opportunities related to introducing and improving access to misoprostol for preventing and/or treating postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Each document is available in English; when relevant to the region, they are available in French and Spanish as well.

Maternal Health Cards
 

These seven cards were designed to enable indigenous women in Bolivia to know and understand the new legislation that protects their sexual and reproductive rights and ways to promote its application.

Elaboradas en forma participativa con las mujeres indígenas de Bolivia, estas siete cartillas son una herramienta creada para fortalecer sus conocimientos acerca de las leyes y la normativa relacionada a su salud y sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos y las formas de asegurar su cumplimiento y de acceder a los servicios de salud.

Maternal Mortality Estimates in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Brief Overview
 

To target the most affected populations with life-saving maternal health policies and programs, governments need accurate information about maternal mortality in their countries. Unfortunately, measuring maternal deaths is not a simple task. National statistics on maternal mortality vary considerably from internationally published maternal death estimates. This paper, available in English and Spanish, seeks to explain and compare the various approaches to measuring maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean and the reason behind the different results.

Para poder diseñar políticas y programas de salud materna efectivos y enfocados a las poblaciones más afectadas, los gobiernos deben contar con información verídica sobre la mortalidad materna en sus países. Sin embargo, la medición de la mortalidad materna es una tarea compleja. En consecuencia, las estadísticas nacionales discrepan considerablemente de las estimaciones de mortalidad materna. Esta nota conceptual, disponible en Español y Inglés, describe las metodologías aplicadas por distintos grupos para medir y estimar la mortalidad materna y el por qué de las diferencias, utilizando ejemplos de América Latina y el Caribe.

Medicamentos Esenciales para la Salud Materna: Garantizar un Acceso Equitativo para Todos
 

Un conjunto de siete dossiers que describen los desafíos y las soluciones para aumentar la disponibilidad y el uso de tres medicamentos esenciales para la salud materna (la oxitocina, el misoprostol y el sulfato de magnesio), basándose en las lecciones y en la experiencia de los suministros para la salud reproductiva.

Médicaments essentiels de santé maternelle: garantir un accès équitable pour tous
 

Un ensemble de sept abrégés décrivant les enjeux et les solutions pour augmenter la disponibilité et l'utilisation de trois médicaments essentiels de santé maternelle (l’ocytocine, le misoprostol et le sulfate de magnésium), en s'appuyant sur les leçons et les expériences des produits de santé reproductive.

Memoria, Conferencia Regional de Mujeres Líderes, 2010
 

En 2010, el Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna (GTR) reunió a más de 80 mujeres líderes de América Latina y el Caribe en la Conferencia Regional de Mujeres Líderes: “Muerte materna: romper el silencio, sumar nuestras voces” (Lima, Perú). La memoria recoge las presentaciones de las y los participantes y una síntesis de los debates en las mesas de diálogo, así como la declaración final.

The Regional Task Force for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality (GTR) gathered more than 80 women leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean at the Regional Conference of Women Leaders: "Maternal death: breaking the silence, adding our voices" (Lima, Peru, May 27-28, 2010). The report includes key presentations and statements as well as the final declaration. (Available in Spanish.)

Millenium Development Goals & Sexual and Reproductive Health Briefing Cards
 
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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a framework for governments to reduce global poverty. This set of  8 reference cards  provides clear, concise information on the links between sexual and reproductive health and the MDGs.

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit
 
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Developed by Family Care International and Gynuity Health Projects, the Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit contains a range of informational publications and briefing cards on the potential role of a widely available drug (misoprostol) in reducing deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death and disability in developing countries. All publications are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Reaching women wherever they give birth
 

This publication, available in English and French, presents case studies from three countries — Bangladesh, Nepal, and Zambia — that have introduced and scaled up the use of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). These country examples highlight the essential role of high-level commitment and support in initiating and implementing national programs, and provide inspiration and guidance for policy makers and partners seeking to expand access to misoprostol for PPH.

Monitoring Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness: Tools and Indicators for Maternal and Newborn Health
 
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This manual is the product of collaboration between the Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) Program at JHPIEGO and FCI. It offers guidance for assessing and monitoring safe motherhood programs by presenting a set of indicators, called a Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) Index, and providing a comprehensive set of tools for deriving these indicators and tracking progress.

Mujeres indígenas: derechos sexuales y derechos reproductivos
 

“Indigenous women: sexual rights and reproductive rights”  aims to meet the demand from Ecuadorian indigenous women and organizations for information about their sexual and reproductive rights, as guaranteed by the 2008 Constitution and other laws. It focuses on the indigenous perspective of “Good living” (Buen vivir), a physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual wellness, an integrated wholeness that is not limited to the absence of sickness.

Esta publicación pretende dar respuesta a la demanda informativa expresada por las mujeres indígenas de Ecuador y sus organizaciones, acerca de sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos, que están vigentes y garantizados por la Constitución de 2008 y a otras leyes que, además, se estructuran tomando en cuenta la perspectiva indígena sobre lo que es el “Buen Vivir” como conjunto de una salud física, mental, social , emocional y espiritual; un todo integrado que no se limite a la ausencia de enfermedad.

Oportunidades y Retos para la Reducción de la Muerte Materna en América Latina y el Caribe
 

"Opportunities and Challenges for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean" is a call for decision makers in international organisms, governments, and civil society organizations to unite and coordinate efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the region, and constitutes an invitation to join the efforts of the Regional Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction (GTR).

El presente documento tiene el propósito de llamar la atención a tomadores de decisiones en organismos internacionales, gobiernos y organizaciones civiles para unir y coordinar esfuerzos, y constituye una invitación a sumarse al Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna (GTR).

Passer à la vitesse supérieure pour le misoprostol pour l’hémorragie post-partum : des preuves à l’action
 

Cette note d’information stratégique, publié par la FCI en partenariat avec Gynuity Health Projects, PATH, et la FIGO, explore des stratégies pour aider les gouvernements et les partenaires améliorer la santé maternelle en élargissant l'accès au misoprostol pour l'hémorragie du post-partum (HPP), l'une des principales causes de mortalité maternelle.

Disponible en anglais et en français.

Por una Maternidad y Nacimiento Seguros in Bolivia
 

FCI, UNFPA, and the Bolivian institution, Mesa de Maternidad y Nacimiento Seguros (Group for Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth) , have developed this publication to present recent data about maternal health in Bolivia. It includes causes of deaths, sexual and reproductive education, abortion, and availability of health services in nine different regions of the country. 

Por una maternidad y nacimientos seguros: acciones realizadas para reducir la muerte materna en Ecuador
 

FCI Ecuador and partners developed this publication to analyze maternal mortality from the perspective of gender inequity, social injustice, and poverty, and propose effective mechanisms and strategies for its reduction.

“Por una maternidad y nacimientos seguros: acciones realizadas para reducir la muerte materna en Ecuador” es una publicación que analiza la mortalidad materna como un indicador de inequidades sociales y de género, y propone mecanismos y estrategias efectivos para su diseminación. Se presenta el ejemplo del Ecuador, donde la adecuada combinación de estos factores ha posibilitado una reducción del 48% en la mortalidad materna en diez años.

Preventing Early Pregnancy and Poor Reproductive Outcomes: A Toolkit
 

Nearly 16 million girls between 15 and 19 give birth annually, almost all of them in developing countries. After a systematic review of the evidence, WHO has developed guidelines on Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries, which focus on key actions that aim to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies in developing countries. In 2012, in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, FCI developed this advocacy toolkit, available in English, French, and Spanish, to promote the dissemination of the guidelines’ recommendations to policy makers and program planners globally. Designed for advocates, the toolkit encourages and enables evidence-based action among decision-makers, opinion leaders, medical personnel, researchers, and affected communities to prevent early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescent girls.

Public Choices, Private Decisions: Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals - Executive Summary
 

Sexual and reproductive health is crucial for the achievement of the MDGs. Family Care International provided French and Spanish translation support for this important Executive Summary.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in a Devolved State: The Kenya Context
 

In 2013, the Kenya Constitution introduced a devolved system of government that aims to enhance access to health services by all Kenyans, especially those in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Within this new context of devolution, the implementation of health policy commitments will shift: some policy issues will continue to be addressed through national mechanisms while implementation of health policy issues will now be addressed at the county level with the full involvement of local policy makers and health officials.

Family Care International and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) developed this policy brief to provide guidance to civil society advocates on policy and decision-making structures, and avenues and opportunities for advocacy, in a context where the health system is devolved.

Ruta de Denuncia
 

Producido por FCI y el CEPAM Quito, la Ruta de Denuncia: por el incumplimiento o violación de los derechos consagrados en la ley de maternidad gratuita y atención a la infancia, es un guia que  organiza y establece los pasos que permitan a las usuarios de la Ley, conocer como funciona el Estado y acceder a la justicia cuando sus derechos han sido violados por los diversos prestadores u operadores de servicios.

Safe Motherhood Brochure
 

10-page pamphlet outlining the problem of maternal health, describing the Safe Motherhood Initiative, and summarizing effective safe motherhood program approaches, based on lessons learned from the Initiative’s first decade.

Safe Motherhood General Fact Sheets
 

Set of eleven fact sheets, using non-technical terms to define and explain the “action messages” articulated at the 1997 Safe Motherhood Technical Consultation.

Safe Motherhood In The Community: A Flipchart (Une Maternité Sure Pour la Communauté)
 
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Focuses on care during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period, as well as signs of complications. Each of the 15 illustrations is accompanied by key information points and questions to encourage discussion. For use in face-to-face counseling and group education settings.

Safe Motherhood List of International Commitments
 

Highlights the role of safe motherhood within the reproductive health framework and summarizes global commitments to safe motherhood from conventions and international conferences held in the last decade.

Safe Motherhood Technical Fact Sheets
 

Set of eleven fact sheets, for program planners/managers and researchers, defining and explaining the “action messages” articulated at the 1997 Safe Motherhood Technical Consultation.

Safe Motherhood- A Review
 

What progress has the Safe Motherhood Initiative made since it was launched 20 years ago? These 2 reports (a full review and an executive summary) provide an overview of the positive trends and achievements of the last 20 years as well as challenges and opportunities which exist today in the field of safe motherhood.

 

Safe Motherhood: Critical Issues for Policy-Makers
 

Pocket card; describes the Safe Motherhood Initiative, introduces the problem of maternal mortality, and reviews essential issues for policy-makers.

Saving Lives: Skilled Attendance at Childbirth: Report of an International Conference
 

A report of an international conference held in Tunisia, November 2000. The document summarizes the meeting’s proceedings and key outcomes/next steps, and details the commitments made by seven countries to improve the coverage of skilled health professionals at the time of labor and delivery.

Saving Women's Lives: The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion
 
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The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion is a report of a regional meeting held in September 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and organized by the Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group.

Scaling up Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Moving from Evidence to Action
 

This policy brief, available in English and French, explores strategies to help governments and partners improve maternal health by expanding access to misoprostol for treatment and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of maternal death.

Cette note d’information stratégique, disponible en anglais et en français, explore des stratégies pour aider les gouvernements et les partenaires améliorer la santé maternelle en élargissant l'accès au misoprostol pour le traitement et la prévention de l'hémorragie du post-partum (HPP), l'une des principales causes de mortalité maternelle.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Briefing Cards
 
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Set of 9 easy to use reference cards covering key issues in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Each includes a definition, a quote from the ICPD Programme of Action or Fourth World Conference on Women, basic facts, and “areas for action.”

Shaping Policy for Maternal and Newborn Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
 
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This collection of case studies was developed by JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program, Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, and Family Care International to demonstrate different approaches to influencing national policies on maternal and newborn health.

Skilled Care During Childbirth: Information Kit
 
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A comprehensive resource for individuals and organizations working to ensure that every woman has access to skilled care during childbirth. Contains a Policy Brief, Information Booklet, and Country Profiles. English, French, Spanish.

Skilled Care Initiative Materials
 
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Newsletters, programming resources, project descriptions, and other documents sharing the progress of the Skilled Care Initiative. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

Strengthening Midwifery in Latin America and the Caribbean: A report on the collaboration between the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives, 2011-2014
 

Evidence shows that investing in the capacity of midwives to provide high quality skilled delivery care translates into positive health outcomes for women, newborns, families, and communities. This report describes the actions taken by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives, FCI, and partners to strengthen the role and competencies of professional midwives in the Latin America and Caribbean region. It begins with an overview of the key challenges faced in the region, followed by a description of the initiative’s main strategies and concluding with the partnership’s key achievements and lessons learned over the last three years, and recommendations for the future.

The report is also available in Spanish.

Testing Approaches for Increasing Skilled Care During Childbirth
 

Skilled maternity care throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is recognized as a critical key to reducing maternal mortality. Today in many developing countries, however, more than half of women go through childbirth without such care and these women suffer disproportionately from pregnancy and childbirth complications that, far too often, lead to death or serious disability. In 2000, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FCI launched the five-year Skilled Care Initiative, which improved pregnancy and childbirth care in more than 100 health facilities in four poor rural districts of Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The Lancet
 

This collection of articles in Spanish, originally published in English in the reputed scientific magazine “The Lancet”, addresses the most pressing issues related to maternal survival and sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and the Caribbean.

La presente colección de artículos, originalmente publicados en inglés en la reconocida revista científica "The Lancet", representa una selección de los temas y los enfoques de supervivencia materna y salud sexual y reproductiva más relevantes para América Latina y el Caribe.

The Lancet Executive Summary of the Lancet Maternal Survival Series
 

The Lancet, a premiere health journal, produced two special editions in 2006 on the important topics of Maternal Survival and Sexual and Reproductive Health. FCI also produced an Executive Summary for the Maternal Survival Series.

Transversalización del enfoque intercultural en las normas de salud materna: Memoria de la reunión técnica 2010
 

El presente documento constituye un informe detallado de los resultados de una reunión técnica  celebrada en Quito en septiembre de 2010, con el objetivo de analizar cómo las normas recientes en materia de pertinencia cultural de los servicios de salud materna expedidas por los ministerios de salud en Ecuador, Bolivia, Perú, así como en Guatemala, Honduras y Panamá, han contribuido a mejorar el acceso de las mujeres indígenas a los servicios de salud materna dentro del sistema de atención público.

This document is a detailed report of the technical meeting Integrating Cultural Pertinence to Maternal Health Norms, held in Quito in September 2010.The meeting aimed at analyzing how recent culturally-pertinent maternal health norms issued by health authorities in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, as well as by Guatemala, Honduras and Panama, have contributed to improve access among indigenous women seeking maternal care in public health services.

Tú, tu vida y tus sueños: un manual para gente joven
 

Tú, tu vida y tu sueños: un manual para gente joven es un libro diseñado para la lectura individual y para apoyar los programas de promoción de la salud y los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las personas jóvenes y adolescentes. Se dirige a jóvenes de entre 12 y 19 años, pero también puede ser de utilidad para personas de menor y mayor edad, educadores pares y comunitarios, padres y madres y maestros/as.

You, Your Life, Your Dreams: A Book for Adolescents
 
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Helps young people make informed decisions about their sexual lives by providing comprehensive information for adolescents on changes during puberty, sexuality and sexual health, pregnancy and contraception, STIs including HIV/ AIDS, sexual coercion and violence, substance abuse, building healthy relationships, communicating with parents, and planning for the future. The manual has been developed in fivelanguages and six different versions reflecting the regional contexts and the unique challenges facing adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

¡Cuídate! Una Guía de Salud y Bienestar!
 

Full color, 27-page flipchart covering a wide range of safe motherhood, reproductive health, and gender topics, accompanied by a set of five brochures.


 
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