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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Sexual and reproductive health and rights beyond 2015: United Nations concludes negotiations on sustainable development agenda (August 2015) The final intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda took place in New York July 20-31, 2015 culminating in the adoption of Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by 193 Member States on August 2 after long and arduous negotiations. Representatives of regional sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) networks from around the world, together with UNFPA, advocated tirelessly at these negotiations to ensure that the post-2015 agenda guarantees human rights, SRHR, gender equality, and the inclusion of young people and civil society. FCI Blog

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 2014) 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


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FCI recognized for effectiveness

Family Care International was one of only 13 extraordinary nonprofits selected for the 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, a prestigious recognition of the impact of our work. FCI also recipieved the 2008 UN Population Award, recognizing 2 decades of work to save women' s lives. Read more here...

In Memoriam: Marian Boyd

Marian Boyd, who managed FCI's resource development for many years, passed away on August 15, 2015. Marian was devoted to FCI and our mission, and was a treasured friend and colleague. We mourn her loss. Read more...

Letter from FCI

December 2014

Deep in the Bolivian Amazon, María  was afraid that she wouldn’t survive the arduous, hours-long journey to the nearest health clinic when she went into labor.

Mariam, a widow in Burkina Faso, suffered the humiliation and isolation of life as a survivor of obstetric fistula.

After civil war in Mali, 19-year old Dieneba was repeatedly raped by rebel soldiers , then forced into prostitution, living in constant physical and emotional pain.

Sekou, a teenager in the slums of Mali, worried that his friends believed that HIV and AIDS are all a big lie, and that unprotected sex isn’t really so dangerous.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Family Care International was there for María, Mariam, and Dieneba, for Sekou and his friends. We are there for the thousands upon thousands of women and young people who still do not have access to the health services and information that can save their lives. We will be there for as long as it takes.

Please be there with us.

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Essential Medicines for Maternal Health: Ensuring Equitable Access for All (2014)
Developed on behalf of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, these 7 policy briefs outline strategies for increasing availability of  oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate, essential medicines to prevent and treat the leading causes of maternal death.

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 (2014) This toolkit, available in English, French, and Spanish, enhances the knowledge, skills, and capacity of midwives and national midwifery associations to advocate for improved availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of midwifery services.

Advocating for Maternal Health: A Checklist for Private Sector Health Providers (2014) This checklist, produced in partnership with Merck for Mothers, 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.

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.

Advocacy, Approval, Access: Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage A Guide for Effective Advocacy (2014) This publication, available in English and French, provides guidance to advocates on conducting effective advocacy to expand access to misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage.

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.

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.

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.

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