The FCI Program of MSH:
a new home for FCI’s mission to
save women’s and newborn’s lives
Beginning a new chapter for the Family Care International mission, FCI’s lifesaving programs will be taken forward by the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health (MSH). MSH is a non-profit global health organization that has worked with policymakers, health professionals, and communities 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 will advocate for stronger health systems to improve women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights around the world and broaden the impact of MSH’s advocacy at the global, country, and community levels for improved maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). FCI’s 30 year record of achievement will be carried on by members of its international and U.S.-based staff who are joining MSH.
“FCI and MSH have shared important values, most crucially a commitment to working closely with our partners to bring about real, lifesaving change,” said Amy Boldosser-Boesch, FCI’s Interim President, who will lead the FCI Program of MSH as a Senior Director of MSH. “The new Sustainable Development Goals and the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health present us with a unique moment of opportunity. By bringing the FCI team’s capacity-building and evidence-based advocacy skills to MSH, we can work together to make sure that countries and development partners are held accountable for keeping their promises to women, newborns, children, and adolescents.”
MSH and FCI have long worked together as health advocates, with compatible and complementary missions, approaches, and capabilities, and collaborated closely during the past two years in the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 program to improve RMNCAH in Central America. The FCI Program of MSH team will continue speaking out for reproductive and maternal health in key global forums, and holding governments accountable for fulfilling their RMNCAH commitments. In partnership with governments, UN agencies, and civil society, the FCI Program of MSH will continue to focus on constructive activism, linking global frameworks and commitments with concrete national action and strengthening the advocacy skills of civil society partners and networks at the country and community levels.
“The addition of these staff and programs from FCI broadens MSH’s capacity to improve women’s and children’s health and ensures that civil society has a voice in strengthening health systems and the ability to participate fully in their own health,“ said Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and CEO of MSH. “Communities need to influence the way services are provided for them.”
MSH’s work to strengthen local health systems, foster good governance, and enable effective medicine and commodity management is essential to ensuring the health equity and accountability for which FCI has always been a powerful advocacy voice. “Today, advocacy and accountability—at the global, national, and community levels —are increasingly important tools for sustainable change. Expertise in translating technical evidence into powerful advocacy messages, policy change, and programmatic action is more essential than ever,” said Catharine Taylor, Vice President of MSH’s Health Programs Group. “The world is looking for accelerated progress towards maternal, child and adolescent health. We need to explore new models of care, use new technologies and embrace all sectors.”
As part of this transition, FCI will wind down and cease its operations as an independent non-profit organization during the first quarter of 2016. After transitioning to MSH, former FCI staff will continue to work out of their current office in New York City, giving MSH its first New York presence, and MSH is working to bring on board the key leaders and program staff from FCI’s field offices in Africa and Latin America.
“Times are changing in global health and development, and it is imperative that successful organizations change with them,” said Anne Tinker, chair of FCI’s Board of Directors. “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 move forward from a strong and sustainable foundation.”