In 2016, Family Care International's mission, lifesaving programs, and long record of achievement will be carried forward by the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health (MSH)a non-profit global health organization that has worked in more than 100 countries for more than forty years to strengthen health systems and improve the quality, availability, and affordability of health services. The FCI Program of MSH team will build on FCI’s nearly 30-year history of effective advocacy for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) at the global, country, and community levels, and FCI will wind down its operations as an independent non-profit organization. Read more here...

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, advocates, non-governmental organizations, health professionals' organizations, 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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, FCI’s headquarters in New York City are linked with five field offices in Africa and South America. In addition to our extensive work advocating at the global level for women’s and newborn health and rights, we have had active programs since 2012 in nearly 30 countries around the world. FCI's African presence spans English and French-speaking countries, with programs implemented currently through field offices in Burkina Faso and Mali. In Latin America and the Caribbean, FCI has a field office presence in Bolivia and Ecuador.

FCI staff at 2010 program retreat
View FCI's global staff directory

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.


Read The FCI Blog!

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 awarded top transparency rating

Family Care International is a Gold-level participant in the GuideStar Exchange, demonstrating our institutional commitment to transparency.

 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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