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A Price Too High to Bear: The Costs of Maternal Mortality to Families and Communities
 

A Price Too High to Bear, a research study conducted in Kenya by Family Care International in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, documents the financial and social costs of maternal death to families in a poor, remote community and the ways that these costs affect newborn survival, child health and education, and family well-being.

A technical brief summarizing the study's findings is available for download, along with two advocacy briefs that highlight the key messages.

A Systematic Review of the Interconnections between Maternal & Newborn Health
 

Poor maternal and newborn health is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in developing countries, with most maternal and newborn deaths caused by the poor health of the mother before or during pregnancy, or by poor quality care during and immediately after childbirth. In close collaboration with Aga Khan University, Family Care International undertook work highlighting the interconnections between maternal and newborn health and identifying common advocacy messages to promote investment in and implementation of evidence-based interventions found to be beneficial to both women and newborns.

Built on findings emerging from a systematic review of recent and on-going research of the impact of potential interventions on maternal and newborn outcomes,this set of advocacy materials for dissemination at key meeting and events includes:

  • An executive summary of the full research paper, for research/academic/medical audiences
  • A pocket card, for advocates and policymakers, incorporating the review findings and key messages
Apuntes para la incidencia en las políticas públicas sobre maternidad segura y salud sexual y reproductiva para mujeres indígenas
 

This educational manual (“Notes on the impact that public policies have on safe motherhood and the sexual and reproductive health of indigenous women”) explains the implications of public policies; the role of civil society in shaping public policies; what they consist of; and how they are designed, decided, implemented and monitored. It helps to foster the role of community health agents in ensuring that the demands of indigenous organizations translate into culturally pertinent public health policies.

Este manual didáctico explica qué son y en qué consisten las políticas públicas, cómo se diseñan, deciden, implementan y mantienen a lo largo del tiempo, y la importancia de incidir sobre las mismas a través de la demanda político-social que se genera desde el desarrollo de las capacidades colectivas. Así, explica el rol de los agentes de salud comunitarios para favorecer que las exigencias de las organizaciones indígenas se traduzcan en políticas públicas de salud efectivas.

Buenas prácticas en prevención del embarazo adolescente: Herramienta para la sistematización de experiencias desde una perspectiva de buenas prácticas [Best Practices for Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Tool for Systematizing Experiences]
 

El objetivo de este documento es guiar la sistematización de experiencias de prevención del embarazo adolescente tanto de los ministerios como de organizaciones de la sociedad civil bajo la óptica de “buenas prácticas”. La herramienta se construyó participativamente a partir de los procesos de sistematización de iniciativas que emprendieron los Ministerios de Salud de los seis países del Plan Andino para la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes — Chile, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia y Venezuela — entre 2008 y 2009, describe sus lecciones aprendidas y presenta una guía para la comunicación de aprendizajes.

This document is a guide for systematizing best practices in prevention of adolescent pregnancy, based on government and civil society experience. It describes a process conducted in 2008 and 2009 by Ministries of Health from the six member countries of the Andean Plan to Reduce Unwanted Teenage and Adolescent Pregnancy (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela) to analyze their teen pregnancy initiatives using a best-practices lens, and outlines lessons learned.

Cartillas: "Maternidad Segura" y "Salud Sexual y Reproductiva"
 

Los presentes módulos de capacitación, adaptado de ¡Cuídate!: Una guía de salud y bienestar, fueron desarrollados para prestadores/as de servicios de consejería médica a mujeres en edad reproductiva, mujeres embarazadas y madres de niños/as menores de dos años. Los mismos abordan de forma integral y con un enfoque de derechos temas relevantes a la salud sexual y reproductiva y salud materna.

These training modules, adapted from ¡Cuídate!: Una guía de salud y bienestar, were developed for use by Bolivian health care providers for counseling women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and mothers of children under two. They contain comprehensive information on sexual and reproductive health and maternal health, including the rights to health and services of this population.

Curriculum de Formation des Parents: Communication avec les Enfants, Adolescent(e)s et Jeunes en matière de Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive
 

Ces publications, développées par FCI-Mali en collaboration avec le Ministère de la Santé de la République du Mali, fournissent aux facilitateurs un curriculum pour aider les parents maliens, à travers des petits groupes de travail, à apprendre à parler avec leurs enfants, adolescent(e)s et jeunes de la contraception et d’autres sujets de santé sexuelle et reproductive. Les documents sont disponibles en français, en arabe et en bambara (bamanankan), les trois langues principales du Mali.

This set of publications (Curriculum for Training Parents: Communicating with Children, Adolescents, and Young People about Sexual and Reproductive Health), developed by FCI-Mali in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Mali, provides facilitators with a curriculum for helping Malian parents, through small group workshops, to learn to talk with their children and adolescents about contraception and other reproductive health issues. It is available in French, Arabic, and Bambara (Bamanankan), Mali’s three most common languages.

Harmonizing Health Services: Saving Lives through Integration of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria Programs
 

These briefing cards, published in 2012 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. Available in both English and French, they highlight how integration can strengthen health and community systems, save money, and empower women to access the services they need and deserve.

Jóvenes y derechos: mensajes para incidir en la esfera pública
 

“Jóvenes y derechos: mensajes para incidir en la esfera pública” está dirigida a organizaciones o personas que quieran abogar por el ejercicio de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos, y en particular para la prevención del embarazo en adolescentes. La misma servirá de respaldo a estrategias de incidencia política y de comunicación que no solamente influyan en la política pública o la participación ciudadana, sino que además contribuyan a fortalecer la ciudadanía, y a ampliar la cultura democrática y de derechos humanos. La publicación fue elaborada en el marco del Plan Andino para la Prevención del Embarazo en Adolescentes (PLANEA).

This publication is a tool for groups, organizations or individuals who want to engage in advocacy to promote the exercise of reproductive rights, in particular the prevention of unwanted teen pregnancies. The tool is intended to support, not only advocacy and communications strategies to influence public policy and participation, but also to foster citizenship, and expand the culture of democracy and human rights. It was prepared under the Andean Plan for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy (PLANEA).

Living Testimony: Obstetric Fistula and Inequities in Maternal Health - - Témoignage Vivant: La Fistule Obstétricale et les Inegalités en Santé Maternelle
 

This advocacy publication, produced in 2007 by FCI and UNFPA for the Campaign to End Fistula, presents promising practices and strategic recommendations for policy makers, programmers, and researchers seeking strengthen fistula prevention and treatment programmes in affected countries. 
A toolkit with additional advocacy tools (communications/strategic messaging guide, detailed descriptions of promising practices, multimedia resources, and Powerpoint presentation) was published in CD-ROM format in 2010 — most of those tools are also available for download here.

 

Mapping Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Regional Reports
 

In 2010 and 2011, Family Care International conducted mappings in five regions: Francophone West Africa, East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and South Asia. These mappings identified the major policy challenges and opportunities related to introducing and improving access to misoprostol for preventing and/or treating postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Each document is available in English; when relevant to the region, they are available in French and Spanish as well.

Maternal Health Cards
 

These seven cards were designed to enable indigenous women in Bolivia to know and understand the new legislation that protects their sexual and reproductive rights and ways to promote its application.

Elaboradas en forma participativa con las mujeres indígenas de Bolivia, estas siete cartillas son una herramienta creada para fortalecer sus conocimientos acerca de las leyes y la normativa relacionada a su salud y sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos y las formas de asegurar su cumplimiento y de acceder a los servicios de salud.

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit
 
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Developed by Family Care International and Gynuity Health Projects, the Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Information Kit contains a range of informational publications and briefing cards on the potential role of a widely available drug (misoprostol) in reducing deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death and disability in developing countries. All publications are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Reaching women wherever they give birth
 

This publication, available in English and French, presents case studies from three countries — Bangladesh, Nepal, and Zambia — that have introduced and scaled up the use of misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). These country examples highlight the essential role of high-level commitment and support in initiating and implementing national programs, and provide inspiration and guidance for policy makers and partners seeking to expand access to misoprostol for PPH.

Oportunidades y Retos para la Reducción de la Muerte Materna en América Latina y el Caribe
 

"Opportunities and Challenges for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean" is a call for decision makers in international organisms, governments, and civil society organizations to unite and coordinate efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the region, and constitutes an invitation to join the efforts of the Regional Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction (GTR).

El presente documento tiene el propósito de llamar la atención a tomadores de decisiones en organismos internacionales, gobiernos y organizaciones civiles para unir y coordinar esfuerzos, y constituye una invitación a sumarse al Grupo de Trabajo Regional para la Reducción de la Mortalidad Materna (GTR).

Preventing Early Pregnancy and Poor Reproductive Outcomes: A Toolkit
 

Nearly 16 million girls between 15 and 19 give birth annually, almost all of them in developing countries. After a systematic review of the evidence, WHO has developed guidelines on Preventing early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescents in developing countries, which focus on key actions that aim to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies in developing countries. In 2012, in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, FCI developed this advocacy toolkit, available in English, French, and Spanish, to promote the dissemination of the guidelines’ recommendations to policy makers and program planners globally. Designed for advocates, the toolkit encourages and enables evidence-based action among decision-makers, opinion leaders, medical personnel, researchers, and affected communities to prevent early pregnancy and poor reproductive outcomes among adolescent girls.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in a Devolved State: The Kenya Context
 

In 2013, the Kenya Constitution introduced a devolved system of government that aims to enhance access to health services by all Kenyans, especially those in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Within this new context of devolution, the implementation of health policy commitments will shift: some policy issues will continue to be addressed through national mechanisms while implementation of health policy issues will now be addressed at the county level with the full involvement of local policy makers and health officials.

Family Care International and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) developed this policy brief to provide guidance to civil society advocates on policy and decision-making structures, and avenues and opportunities for advocacy, in a context where the health system is devolved.

Scaling up Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Moving from Evidence to Action
 

This policy brief, available in English and French, explores strategies to help governments and partners improve maternal health by expanding access to misoprostol for treatment and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), one of the leading causes of maternal death.

Cette note d’information stratégique, disponible en anglais et en français, explore des stratégies pour aider les gouvernements et les partenaires améliorer la santé maternelle en élargissant l'accès au misoprostol pour le traitement et la prévention de l'hémorragie du post-partum (HPP), l'une des principales causes de mortalité maternelle.

You, Your Life, Your Dreams: A Book for Adolescents
 
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Helps young people make informed decisions about their sexual lives by providing comprehensive information for adolescents on changes during puberty, sexuality and sexual health, pregnancy and contraception, STIs including HIV/ AIDS, sexual coercion and violence, substance abuse, building healthy relationships, communicating with parents, and planning for the future. The manual has been developed in fivelanguages and six different versions reflecting the regional contexts and the unique challenges facing adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


 
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