FCI's vision
is of 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. 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.

We emphasize the continuum of care and integration of funding and services, and insist that health and development policies and programs be built on a foundation of human rights.  And because maternal health is tied so closely, and in such complex ways, with broader issues, FCI approaches our advocacy in a spirit of partnership, and is often on the cutting edge of policy discussion on such topics as safe abortion, post-abortion care, emergency contraception, and the integration of health programs. When the discussions are serious and the stakes are high, FCI is there at the table, bringing political savvy, technical expertise, and years of experience to the search for practical and principled solutions. Our high-level advocacy includes:

Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health

In our leading advocacy role in the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, FCI has been integrally involved in developing and promoting the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, UN Photo/Mark Gartenlaunched at the United Nations in September 2010. The Global Strategy cuts across all the Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to health (MDGs 4, 5 and 6). It will serve as a global roadmap to identify and mobilize resources, policies, and critical interventions that will save the lives of more than 16 million women and children.

As a partner in developing the Global Strategy, FCI worked closely with the Secretary-General’s office, and with a broad range of governments and other partners, in a process that began in 2009 with the Global Consensus for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. FCI played a crucial role in coordinating the participation of NGOs and other civil society groups, in soliciting their support and commitment, and in ensuring that maternal and reproductive health goals were given high priority in the text. Moving forward, FCI will conduct advocacy both globally and at the country level to ensure that governments and other stakeholders are held accountable for delivering on their commitments to women's and children's health.

At the United Nations

FCI is an active advocate for maternal and reproductive health and rights at major UN summits, at yearly meetings of  the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Population and Deb Jones of FCI, at 2011 CPD meeting.Development, and at the annual convening of the General Assembly. These meetings brings together a unique assemblage of heads of state, government ministers, and media from around the world, and represent a unique opportunity for advocates to achieve global visibility for our issues and to lock in financial and policy commitments. Over several years, FCI has played a key role, in close partnership with governments, UN agencies, and other NGOs from around the world, in organizing special high-level UN events to promote progress on women's health. These events have launched the Global Strategy, the Consensus for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and other landmark documents, and have been crucial in driving financial and policy progress.

G8 and G20 Summits

Each year, heads of government, finance ministers, and other leaders of the world's most powerful nations meet to coordinate economic policy and discuss pressing issues confronting the global community. Increasingly in recent years, because of advocacy by FCI and our partners, issues of global health and development have become prominent topics at the G8 and G20 summits. FCI works with colleague organizations and coalitions to develop advocacy strategies, to press host governments to focus summit agendas on global health, and to hold governments accountable for meeting past commitments on a range of health and development issues. Partnering with a broad range of advocates from G8 and G20 countries, FCI works to ensure that key maternal and reproductive health issues are at the forefront of the coalitions' combined "policy ask."

  • Read about FCI and PMNCH advocacy at the June 2010 G8/G20 Summits, where host country Canada launched the "Muskoka Intiative for Maternal and Child Health, a 5-year, $7.3 billion effort
  • Read FCI's blog on 2009 G8 Summit in Italy
  • View FCI's blogs on the 2008 G8 Summit in Japan

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Working toward health integration

Through concerted effort over the past decade, the world has made vast (though not sufficient) progress in confronting the terrible challenge of HIV and AIDS. In many developing countries, however, health systems remain under-resourced, and maternal and child mortality statistics remain far too high. The global health community has increasingly come to recognize the pressing need for a more integrated approach to funding global health and providing services — building health services that care for people rather than simply treating diseases, and marrying the success of the “vertical” approach demonstrated by efforts against HIV and AIDS with a broader effort to strengthen health services and meet the needs of women and children. 

This challenge is exacerbated by the absence of any clear and dedicated global financing mechanism to which funding commitments for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH) can be made and channeled. The development of such a financing mechanism has become a priority for the health and development community, with attention increasingly being focused on proposals to expand the mandate of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) to encompass maternal, child, and reproductive health.

Support for this idea has spread rapidly among advocates, donors, governments, and other stakeholders, and was significantly bolstered in April 2010 and December 2010 by the GFATM Board’s adoption of Decision Points on maternal and child health. Achieving MDGs 6, 4, and 5, the April decision stated, “can only be approached in an integrated manner and the success of one MDG depends on progress on all others.”

Since 2009, FCI has been at the heart of discussions on integration of health funding and services — co-authoring (with prominent AIDS activists) Lancet articles calling for ‘a global fund for the health MDGs’; presenting to the GFATM Board on ‘financing the MNCH Consensus’; and advocating for integration from the dais at the International AIDS Conference 2010 and at numerous other venues. Our perspective in this advocacy work is grounded unambiguously in FCI’s core commitment to maternal and reproductive health. But it also reflects our long-term focus on the importance of addressing HIV and AIDS as a reproductive health issue, and of addressing reproductive health in the context of the AIDS epidemic. FCI has been confronting these inextricable challenges since the 1990s, in our capacity-building and adolescent education projects in Africa and Latin America and in our global and U.S. advocacy. FCI also has successfully built and strengthened alliances between MCH and reproductive health advocates and those in the HIV and AIDS community.

In July 2011, FCI and several partners (including the Global Fund, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, WHO, World Vision International, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation) issued a discussion note to help developing countries integrate women's and children's health interventions into their funding proposals to the Global Fund.

  • Download Optimizing Global Fund Proposals to Promote Women's & Children's Health (pdf) here...

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