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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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 (June 2013) 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

FCI builds midwives skills in evidence-based advocacy (June 2014) At the congress of the International Confederation of Midwives, FCI launched a toolkit to help national midwives' associations advocate for government investment and commitment to midwifery.Publication and The FCI Blog

African advocates trained in budget advocacy (June 2014)  Catherine Lalonde, senior program officer for Francophone Africa, reports on a regional workshop to train civil society, parliamentarians, and the media from 5 West African countries on budget analysis and advocacy for maternal and child health.The FCI Blog

Advocacy success story: Burkina Faso broadens misoprostol access (April 2014) After focused advocacy led by FCI, the government of Burkina Faso revised its national Essential Medicines List to include misoprostol for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemmorhage, the leading cause of maternal death. FCI's country director, Dr. Brahima Bassane, reported the details. The FCI Blog

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

 

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Letter from FCI

July 14, 2014

A message from Ann Tinker,
chair of FCI's board

I am writing to our community to share FCI’s leadership plans as we move into the next stage of our organizational life. As many of you have already heard, last Friday was Ann Starrs’s last day as FCI’s president, and I will begin by expressing our great appreciation for her commitment, for her leadership, and for the great and lasting impact of her work. While we will miss her as our president, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Ann will remain part of the FCI “family,” today joining our Board of Directors.

With this transition comes an opportunity to recognize and strengthen the leadership provided by FCI’s senior staff, and I am pleased to announce that Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Vice President of Global Advocacy, has agreed to serve as FCI’s interim president. Amy's promotion reflects the respect and esteem of FCI’s Board and staff, and the strong, constructive relationships that Amy has built in the global and U.S. advocacy community.

We thank all of our wonderful colleagues, supporters and friends for their contributions to our common cause, and look forward to continuing to work in partnership as FCI embarks on this exciting next phase.

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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...

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 now in English, in a preliminary draft version in French, and soon to come in Spanish, enhances the knowledge, skills, and capacity of midwives to advocate for positive policy change.

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 provides guidance to national advocates and civil society organizations in conducting effective advocacy for the successful uptake of misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

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.

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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