In 1986, the world was paying little attention to the hundreds of thousands of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth each year. Family Care International was the first international organization dedicated to maternal health, founded out of a determination to remedy this neglect. FCI has been working ever since — collaboratively, innovatively, and effectively — to make pregnancy and childbirth safer around the world. As testament to the impact of our work, FCI was the 2008 recipient of the United Nations Population Award, and was selected as a 2013 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Our Work

Photo copyright Joey O'LoughlinWith field offices in five countries in Africa and Latin America, and activities and materials that span the world, FCI pursues a world where no woman suffers preventable injury or death from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes and in which all people are able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights. In the halls of power, FCI — one of the world’s leading voices for maternal and reproductive health — fights for political commitment, stronger policies, and more funding for programs that save women’s lives. In remote villages, we work with local partners and communities to raise awareness, create innovative solutions and tools, and implement effective programs and services that improve maternal and reproductive health outcomes in the communities where women are still dying every day. And always, our work is designed to empower individuals and strengthen and support civil society.

These two approaches — building capacity locally while advocating globally — inform each other, translating "big picture" thinking into on-the-ground reality, and vice versa. We build smart partnerships with the people who really know and understand local conditions and cultures, and work together to provide women
with the services that they desperately need. We produce high-quality, culturally-appropriate advocacy and education materials that reinforce our programs, assist our partners, and empower and inform communities and individuals. And when the discussions are serious and the stakes are high, FCI is there at the table, bringing political savvy, technical expertise, and years of expe
rience to the search for practical and principled solutions.

Integral to our work, at all levels, is an insistence that effective programs and persuasive advocacy must both be built on a foundation of hard evidence. "If FCI says it," according to one of our partners, "it’s verified."

Read the most recent "Letter from FCI."

Our Partners

FCI works with governments, non-governmental organizations, professional groups, and international agencies to make pregnancy and childbirth safer around the world. We build partnerships at all levels to fight for stronger commitments to women's health, share ideas and experiences, respond to local needs, maximize effective use of resources, minimize duplication, and encourage replication of successful models and approaches.

Learn more about FCI's partnerships.

Find out about FCI's donors.

Our Organization

A non-profit organization, FCI has active programs in 18 countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. FCI's African presence spans English and French-speaking countries, with programs implemented currently through field offices in Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Mali. In Latin America and the Caribbean, FCI has a field office presence in Bolivia and Ecuador, with programs also in Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

FCI staff at 2010 program retreat
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Meet our Board of Directors.

See our financial reports and IRS Form 990.

 

See our 20th Anniversary brochure (2007)
to learn more about FCI's history.

 



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FCI's Strategic Framework

During 2011, FCI undertook a comprehensive review of our organizational mission and strategy. After intensive discussions involving FCI staff in six countries on three continents, our Board, and a range of colleagues, donors, and peers, we refined and agreed on an institutional strategic framework to guide our work in the crucial period from 2012 through 2015, the deadline year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This framework is founded on FCI’s unique mix of institutional experience, relationships, and skills; on the niche that we have carved out through more than two decades of work at the global and country levels; and on an assessment of what needs to be done in order to achieve our vision.



FCI envisions a world where no woman suffers preventable pregnancy-related injury or death, where childbirth is safe for mothers and their babies, and where all people are able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Our Mission

FCI seeks to improve the health and well-being of women, girls, and newborns in the developing world by working to:

  • Make pregnancy and childbirth safer
  • Ensure universal access to reproductive health care and information
  • Empower women, young people, and communities

FCI works to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn health by:



These values guide FCI’s work both within our organization and within the global and local communities in which we work:

  • Work collaboratively
  • Strengthen capacity of local partners
  • Ensure participation of key stakeholders
  • Base strategies on research and evidence
  • Promote gender equality
  • Focus on equity and human rights
  • Engage marginalized groups
  • Respect indigenous cultures and values


 

 

FCI top-rated by charity watch

Family Care International has been named a "Top-Rated Charity" by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a nationally-prominent charity rating service that helps donors make informed giving decisions. AIP's standards for evaluating charities are considered the most stringent in the sector. Support FCI now.

 

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