Our Mission: FCI works to ensure that women and adolescents have access to life-saving services and information to improve their health, experience safe pregnancy and childbirth and avoid unwanted pregnancy and HIV infection.

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 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

“It’s possible to end child marriage...” (Mar. 2013) FCI president Ann Starrs blogged about Too Young to Wed, a side event to the 2013 annual meeting of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, which shed light on an issue that affects tens of millions of young women but is too seldom discussed.The FCI Blog

Placing women at the center of the continuum of care (Jan. 2013) After a spirited debate at the Global Maternal Health Conference in Tanzania, FCI president Ann Starrs blogged about how maternal health has fared as an element of the RMNCH continuum of care, and where we go from here. The FCI Blog

Fighting HIV in indigenous communities (Oct. 2012) FCI co-organized a national event in Quito, Ecuador to strengthen political commitment for HIV prevention and treatment for indigenous peoples.The FCI Blog

New lives for obstetric fistula survivors: success stories from Burkina Faso (April 2012) In the remote Sahel region, FCI improved access to emergency obstetric care and provided surgical treatment for women living with obstetric fistula. ►The FCI Blog here and here

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Letter from FCI

December 2013

...I recently had breakfast with an African colleague who told me this story of a young pregnant woman in a village where FCI works:

Mariam was working on her family farm one day when she suddenly doubled over in pain. She headed home, planning to give birth — like every woman in her village — on the dirt floor of her hut. Partway home, she collapsed, unable to go further.

The village Imam, religious leader of this remote, conservative Muslim community, came upon her. A month earlier, he had been to an FCI training workshop where Muslim and Christian clergy learned about maternal health. “I quickly recalled the danger signs we were told about during the training,” he said later. He took Mariam to the health center, miles away, where she gave birth safely, assisted by a midwife. A week later, the Imam preached in the mosque about the importance of skilled childbirth care and family planning. “With the knowledge I received from the training,” he concluded, “it would be unjust not to use it to help others.”

Just a simple, unremarkable moment of humanity and community, in a tiny village halfway around the world. One woman, facing the risk of life-threatening childbirth complications, lives to take her baby home. An informed, motivated community leader changes the life of every woman and child in his village, forever...

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FCI top-rated by charity watch

FCI A-rated by AIPFCI has been named a "Top-Rated Charity" by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a prominent charity rating service whose standards for evaluating charities are considered the most stringent in the sector. Support FCI now

FCI recognized by MacArthur Foundation for creativity, effectiveness

Family Care International was one of only 13 extraordinary nonprofit organizations around the world selected to receive the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.This prestigious award represented the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's recognition of FCI's achievements and the impact of our work. FCI was also recipient of the 2008 UN Population Award, given by the UN Population Fund in recognition of two decades of work to save women' s lives. Read more here...

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in a Devolved State: The Kenya Context (2014) This policy brief, developed by FCI and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) as part of the Mobilising Advocates from Civil Society (MACS) project,
provides guidance to civil society advocates on policy and decision-making structures, and avenues and opportunities for advocacy, in a context where, as in Kenya,
implementation of health policy issues has been 'devolved' to the local (county) level.

A Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and Communities (2014) In a technical brief and a pair of advocacy-oriented policy briefs, FCI and partners summarize the findings and key messages of a research study, conducted in rural Kenya, that documents the devastating costs of a maternal death for surviving children, families, and communities, and the ways that these costs affect newborn survival, child health and education, and family well-being.

Harmonizing Health Services: Saving Lives through Integration of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria Programs (2012)  These briefing cards, published 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. They highlight how integration can strengthen health and community systems, save money, and empower women to access the services they need and deserve.

Preventing Early Pregnancy and Poor Reproductive Outcomes: A Toolkit (2012) In collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, FCI developed this advocacy toolkit, available in English, French, and Spanish, to promote the dissemination of WHO guidelines on Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries, which focus on key actions that aim to prevent adolescent pregnancies. Designed for advocates, the toolkit encourages and enables evidence-based action on behalf of the nearly 16 million girls between 15 and 19 who give birth annually, almost all of them in developing countries.

Scaling Up Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Moving from Evidence to Action (2012)  This policy brief, published by FCI in partnership with Gynuity Health Projects, PATH, and FIGO, explores strategies to help governments and their partners reduce maternal mortality by expanding access to misprostol for prevention and/or treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death and injury.

A Systematic Review of the Interconnections between Maternal & Newborn Health (2011) Built on findings emerging from a systematic review of research on the impact of interventions on maternal and newborn health outcomes, a research summary and a briefing card promote investment in and implementation of evidence-based interventions that are beneficial to both women and their newborns.

FCI a proud partner in Half the Sky movement to transform women’s oppression into opportunity
  
The urgent need to empower women and improve their health is the theme of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This powerful book, television series, and advocacy movement focus attention on women’s struggles and recount stories of individuals and organizations doing extraordinary work to transform the lives of women and girls. FCI is proud to be one of those organizations included on a select list of "organizations doing great work to empower women worldwide."

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