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.

The FCI Program of MSH:
a new home for FCI’s mission

January 2016

Beginning a new chapter for the Family Care International mission, FCI’s 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. “Times are changing in global health and development, and it is imperative that successful organizations change with them,” said Anne Tinker, chair of the Board of Directors of FCI, which will wind down its operations as an independent non-profit organization during the first quarter of 2016. “FCI’s board and management team are confident that our wonderful professional staff, our high-impact advocacy and capacity-building programs, and our urgently important mission have found a good home at MSH, where the work of improving the health and protecting the rights of women, girls, and newborns will carry forward on a strong and sustainable foundation.”

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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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Midwives as health-care providers and advocates (October 2015) Skilled midwives can prevent up to two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, and in doing so can turn around the health of women and newborns in their communities. They are not only experts in providing lifesaving care, but they’re also powerful advocates for sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn health. FCI Blog
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skilled midwives can prevent up to two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, and in doing so can turn around health care in their communities, - See more at: http://familycareintl.org/blog/2015/10/21/mnh-midwives/#sthash.oNl2UpA2.dpuf
skilled midwives can prevent up to two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, and in doing so can turn around health care in their communities, - See more at: http://familycareintl.org/blog/2015/10/21/mnh-midwives/#sthash.oNl2UpA2.dpuf

Countdown to 2015 launches final report at Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference (October 2015) Countdown to 2015, of which FCI is a lead advocacy partner, launched its last report of the MDG era--a final accounting of progress and remaining gaps in the 75 countries that have more than 95% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths. ►2015 Report  ►FCI Blog Video

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

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

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

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

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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Letter from FCI
March 2016

Dear Friend of FCI,

A lot has happened since we first announced, a couple of months ago, the exciting news that a new chapter has begun for FCI’s mission to save women’s lives! Now a part of Management Sciences for Health, the FCI Program of MSH has hit the ground running.  Our work continues the tradition of constructive activism that FCI built over 30 years as a leader in the global movement for improved maternal and reproductive health, and leverages the global capabilities of MSH to strengthen health systems to effectively address and overcome the world’s most pressing health challenges.

FCI top-rated for accountability

FCI A-rated by AIP

FCI has a top A rating from Charity Watch, has been awarded the top 4-star rating for Accountability and Transparency by Charity Navigator, and is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, all testaments to our organizational commitment to transparency and accountability.

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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 received the 2008 UN Population Award, recognizing 2 decades of work to save women' s lives. Read more here...

Mobilizing Advocates from Civil Society

FCI's advocacy project, Mobilizing Advocates from Civil Society (MACS) brings together civil society organizations and equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to monitor governments’ commitments and their implementation, and to be powerful advocates for more progressive, effective, health policies and programs.

FCI produced two short, animated videos that  highlight the ways that civil society alliances can effect change:

The Power of Civil Society (also available in French) explains the role of civil society in holding governments accountable.

The People’s Budget (also available in French) illustrates how civil society can use the budget as a tool for ensuring that governments spend the money to keep their promises.

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Questions and Answers for Policy Makers (2015)

This fact sheet provides information about misoprostol’s critical role in preventing and treating postpartum bleeding or hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of maternal death worldwide. Misoprostol, a medicine initially developed to prevent stomach ulcers, is often the best available option for preventing and treating PPH in many low-resource countries, and may be a woman’s only chance for surviving PPH.

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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