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A Better Future For Rural Girls: Manager's Briefing Kit - - Un Meilleur Avenir pour les Filles rurales : Kit du Responsable de programmes
 

Family Care International and UNFPA conducted participatory research with girls, boys, their families and local leaders in three rural communities, and developed the A Better Future for Rural Girls: Manager's Briefing Kit. All of the content from this resource is available online in PDF.

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
Apuntar al 5: La Salud de las Mujeres y los ODM
 

Estas fichas informativas, producidas por Women Deliver en colaboración con Family Care International, esbozan por qué los y las que toman las decisiones deben dar prioridad a salvar las vidas de las madres y los recién nacidos, y las inversiones clave que deberán realizar para lograr ese objetivo. Diseñado para ser usado por legisladores, grupos de la sociedad civil y activistas, Apuntar al 5 detalla por qué el mundo necesita invertir ahora en salud materna, neonatal y reproductiva, y las acciones estratégicas requeridas para mejorar los servicios de salud vitales para las madres y sus recién nacidos en el mundo en desarrollo.

 

Care-Seeking During Pregnancy, Delivery, and Postpartum Period: A Study in Homabay and Migori Districts, Kenya
 


Skilled maternity care is recognized as a critical key to reducing maternal mortality. Today in many developing countries, however, more than half of women go through childbirth without such care. These women suffer disproportionately from pregnancy and childbirth complications that, far too often, lead to death or serious disability. In 2000, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FCI launched the five-year Skilled Care Initiative, to improve pregnancy and childbirth care in more than 100 health facilities in four poor rural districts of Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania. This publication reports on qualitative research that gathered information on community member’s  shared attitudes, values and beliefs about maternal health services.

Changing Lives, Saving Lives
 

Rangwe Health Centre in Kenya is one facility that has shown a remarkable change since the beginning of the Skilled Care Initiative. The facility is featured in our short film, “Changing Lives, Saving Lives.”

Commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All
 
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Summarizes negotiated commitments from seven major international conferences and conventions into a comprehensive checklist of sexual and reproductive health issues.

Countdown 2015: Advocacy Toolkit CD-ROM
 
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Includes all content from the Countdown 2015 magazine in French, Spanish, and English on one CD-ROM

Countdown 2015: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All
 
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A magazine describing progress made and challenges ahead in implimenting the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action by 2015.

Estimaciones de Mortalidad Materna en América Latina y el Caribe: Un breve panorama
 

Para poder diseñar políticas y programas de salud materna efectivos y enfocados a las poblaciones más afectadas, los gobiernos deben contar con información verídica sobre la mortalidad materna en sus países. Sin embargo, la medición de la mortalidad materna es una tarea compleja. En consecuencia, las estadísticas nacionales discrepan considerablemente de las estimaciones de mortalidad materna. Esta nota conceptual, disponible en Español y Inglés, describe las metodologías aplicadas por distintos grupos para medir y estimar la mortalidad materna y el por qué de las diferencias, utilizando ejemplos de América Latina y el Caribe.

Esta publicación se puede descargar en Español e Inglés.

Focus on 5: Women's Health and the MDGs
 
Focus on 5 briefing cards

The Focus on 5 briefing cards, produced by Women Deliver in consultation with Family Care International, outline why decision-makers should prioritize saving mothers’ and newborns’ lives and the key investments they should make in order to achieve that goal. Designed for use by policymakers, civil society groups, and advocates, Focus on 5 details why the world needs to invest now in maternal, newborn, and reproductive health and the strategic actions needed to improve vital health services for mothers and their newborns in the developing world.

Estas fichas informativas, producidas por Women Deliver en colaboración con Family Care International, esbozan por qué los y las que toman las decisiones deben dar prioridad a salvar las vidas de las madres y los recién nacidos, y las inversiones clave que deberán realizar para lograr ese objetivo. Diseñado para ser usado por legisladores, grupos de la sociedad civil y activistas, Apuntar al 5 detalla por qué el mundo necesita invertir ahora en salud materna, neonatal y reproductiva, y las acciones estratégicas requeridas para mejorar los servicios de salud vitales para las madres y sus recién nacidos en el mundo en desarrollo.

Ces fiches d’information, conçu par Les Femmes Donnent la Vie (Women Deliver) en consultation avec Family Care International, permettent d’exposer les raisons pour lesquelles les décideurs doivent donner la priorité aux vies des mères et des nouveaux nés ainsi qu’à des investissements clefs qu’ils pourraient mettre en oeuvre pour atteindre cet objectif. Destinés aux responsables politiques, associations de la société civile et aux défenseurs, Focalisons Nous Sur le 5 explique en détail pourquoi le monde doit miser dès maintenant sur la santé maternelle, néonatale et reproductive de même que sur les actions stratégiques nécessaires à l’amélioration des services sanitaires vitaux pour les mères et les nouveaux nés dans les pays en voie de développement.

Get the Facts: A Flipchart for Adolescents
 

Flip chart addresses changes during puberty, STIs including HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, and unsafe abortion, as well as negotiating condom use, building healthy relationships, and communicating with parents.

Harmoniser les services de santé Sauver des vies grâce à l’intégration des programmes de santé reproductive, maternelle, néonatale et infantile avec ceux relatifs au VIH/SIDA, à la tuberculose et au paludisme
 
Ces fiches d’information pour Harmoniser les services de Santé, publié en 2012 par la FCI et Population Action International dans le cadre de The Integration Partnership, présentent des informations sur l’intégration des services pour le VIH/SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
(VTP) tout au long du cycle continu des soins de la  santé reproductive, maternelle, néonatale et infantile (SRMNI). Disponible en français et en anglais, elles mettent en exergue les avantages liés à l’intégration, notamment la façon dont l’intégration peut contribuer à renforcer les systèmes de santé et les systèmes communautaires, à économiser de l’argent et à autonomiser les femmes en leur permettant d’avoir accès aux services SRMNI/VTP dont elles ont besoin et auxquels elles ont droit en réduisant la stigmatisation. Ces fiches présentent également des possibilités d’intégration SRMNI/VTP et des exemples de programmes dans différents pays africains qui ont réussi cette intégration.

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.

Healthy Women, Healthy Mothers: An Information Guide - - Femmes en Bonne Sante, Meres en Bonne Sante
 
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290-page resource book on women’s health needs and problems in Africa. Designed for use by health workers and others who provide information and counseling to women at the community level.

Improving Access to Safe Abortion: Guidance on Making High Quality Services Available CD-ROM
 
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This CD-ROM, created by Family Care International and Ipas, is a comprehensive advocacy and information tool that includes everything needed to learn about unsafe abortion and make presentations on this topic.

Le misoprostol pour l’hémorragie post-partum: Intervenir auprès des femmes où qu’elles accouchent
 

De nombreux pays s’attaquent à ces problèmes et ont réalisé des progrès importants pour introduire et encourager l’utilisation du misoprostol pour l'hémorragie post-partum (HPP). Cette publication, disponible en  français et anglais, présente l’expérience de trois pays – le Bangladesh, le Népal et la Zambie – qui sont à la fois une source d’inspiration et un exemple pour d’autres qui cherchent à élargir l’accès au misoprostol et met en exergue le rôle essentiel d’un engagement et d’un appui au niveau national pour le développement de programmes efficaces.

Pour plus d'informations, cliquez ici.

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 Mortality Estimates in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Brief Overview
 

To target the most affected populations with life-saving maternal health policies and programs, governments need accurate information about maternal mortality in their countries. Unfortunately, measuring maternal deaths is not a simple task. National statistics on maternal mortality vary considerably from internationally published maternal death estimates. This paper, available in English and Spanish, seeks to explain and compare the various approaches to measuring maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean and the reason behind the different results.

Para poder diseñar políticas y programas de salud materna efectivos y enfocados a las poblaciones más afectadas, los gobiernos deben contar con información verídica sobre la mortalidad materna en sus países. Sin embargo, la medición de la mortalidad materna es una tarea compleja. En consecuencia, las estadísticas nacionales discrepan considerablemente de las estimaciones de mortalidad materna. Esta nota conceptual, disponible en Español y Inglés, describe las metodologías aplicadas por distintos grupos para medir y estimar la mortalidad materna y el por qué de las diferencias, utilizando ejemplos de América Latina y el Caribe.

MDG e-Bulletins
 

This series of 12 e-Bulletins from 2005 were designed to keep advocates informed about the Millennium+5 review process and opportunities for advocacy.

Meeting the Cairo Challenge: Progress in Sexual and Reproductive Health
 
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Describes national programs and model projects related to implementation of the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action.

Millenium Development Goals & Sexual and Reproductive Health Briefing Cards
 
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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a framework for governments to reduce global poverty. This set of  8 reference cards  provides clear, concise information on the links between sexual and reproductive health and the MDGs.

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.

Mobilising Communities on Young People’s Health and Rights: An Advocacy Toolkit for Programme Managers and An Advocacy Training Guide
 

FCI has released an Advocacy Toolkit for Programme Managers that carefully lays out the steps in designing and launching an advocacy strategy to ensure that existing government commitments are translated into concrete programs and services. The Advocacy Training Guide, a companion piece to the Toolkit, was developed to strengthen the skills of grassroots community-level groups, networks, and organizations to design and plan an advocacy campaign.

Monitoring Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness: Tools and Indicators for Maternal and Newborn Health
 
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This manual is the product of collaboration between the Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) Program at JHPIEGO and FCI. It offers guidance for assessing and monitoring safe motherhood programs by presenting a set of indicators, called a Birth Preparedness and Complication Readiness (BP/CR) Index, and providing a comprehensive set of tools for deriving these indicators and tracking progress.

New York Call to Commitment: Linking HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health
 

The New York Call to Commitment: Linking HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health has received widespread international support from governments and civil society.

Passer à la vitesse supérieure pour le misoprostol pour l’hémorragie post-partum : des preuves à l’action
 

Cette note d’information stratégique, publié par la FCI en partenariat avec Gynuity Health Projects, PATH, et la FIGO, explore des stratégies pour aider les gouvernements et les partenaires améliorer la santé maternelle en élargissant l'accès au misoprostol pour l'hémorragie du post-partum (HPP), l'une des principales causes de mortalité maternelle.

Disponible en anglais et en français.

Postabortion Counselling and Community Education Materials
 
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Designed to enhance post abortion client counseling and community education related to unsafe abortion in English-speaking Africa, this set of materials includes: a counseling/education flipchart, a prototype client brochure, and a user’s guide designed for health workers and program managers.

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.

Safe Motherhood Brochure
 

10-page pamphlet outlining the problem of maternal health, describing the Safe Motherhood Initiative, and summarizing effective safe motherhood program approaches, based on lessons learned from the Initiative’s first decade.

Safe Motherhood General Fact Sheets
 

Set of eleven fact sheets, using non-technical terms to define and explain the “action messages” articulated at the 1997 Safe Motherhood Technical Consultation.

Safe Motherhood In The Community: A Flipchart (Une Maternité Sure Pour la Communauté)
 
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Focuses on care during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period, as well as signs of complications. Each of the 15 illustrations is accompanied by key information points and questions to encourage discussion. For use in face-to-face counseling and group education settings.

Safe Motherhood List of International Commitments
 

Highlights the role of safe motherhood within the reproductive health framework and summarizes global commitments to safe motherhood from conventions and international conferences held in the last decade.

Safe Motherhood Technical Fact Sheets
 

Set of eleven fact sheets, for program planners/managers and researchers, defining and explaining the “action messages” articulated at the 1997 Safe Motherhood Technical Consultation.

Safe Motherhood- A Review
 

What progress has the Safe Motherhood Initiative made since it was launched 20 years ago? These 2 reports (a full review and an executive summary) provide an overview of the positive trends and achievements of the last 20 years as well as challenges and opportunities which exist today in the field of safe motherhood.

 

Safe Motherhood: Critical Issues for Policy-Makers
 

Pocket card; describes the Safe Motherhood Initiative, introduces the problem of maternal mortality, and reviews essential issues for policy-makers.

Saving Lives: Skilled Attendance at Childbirth: Report of an International Conference
 

A report of an international conference held in Tunisia, November 2000. The document summarizes the meeting’s proceedings and key outcomes/next steps, and details the commitments made by seven countries to improve the coverage of skilled health professionals at the time of labor and delivery.

Saving Women's Lives: The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion
 
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The Health Impact of Unsafe Abortion is a report of a regional meeting held in September 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and organized by the Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Group.

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.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Briefing Cards
 
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Set of 9 easy to use reference cards covering key issues in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Each includes a definition, a quote from the ICPD Programme of Action or Fourth World Conference on Women, basic facts, and “areas for action.”

Shaping Policy for Maternal and Newborn Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
 
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This collection of case studies was developed by JHPIEGO/Maternal and Neonatal Health Program, Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children, and Family Care International to demonstrate different approaches to influencing national policies on maternal and newborn health.

Skilled Care During Childbirth: Information Kit
 
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A comprehensive resource for individuals and organizations working to ensure that every woman has access to skilled care during childbirth. Contains a Policy Brief, Information Booklet, and Country Profiles. English, French, Spanish.

Skilled Care Initiative Materials
 
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Newsletters, programming resources, project descriptions, and other documents sharing the progress of the Skilled Care Initiative. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

Stepping Out: Video and Discussion Guide
 
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A set of six 10-15 minute video modules for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa covering human reproduction, pregnancy prevention, STIs including HIV/AIDS, unwanted sex, and unsafe abortion.

Strengthening Communications Skills for Women's Health: A Training Guide
 
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5-day training curriculum to improve the communication and interpersonal skills of health workers. Focuses on strengthening key skills such as active listening, using visual aids, and developing a client-responsive approach. Uses role plays and other practical approaches adapted to adult learners.

Testing Approaches for Increasing Skilled Care During Childbirth
 

Skilled maternity care throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period is recognized as a critical key to reducing maternal mortality. Today in many developing countries, however, more than half of women go through childbirth without such care and these women suffer disproportionately from pregnancy and childbirth complications that, far too often, lead to death or serious disability. In 2000, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FCI launched the five-year Skilled Care Initiative, which improved pregnancy and childbirth care in more than 100 health facilities in four poor rural districts of Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The Lancet Executive Summary of Lancet Sexual and Reproductive Health Series
 

The Lancet, a premiere health journal, produced two special editions in 2006 on the important topics of Maternal Survival and Sexual and Reproductive Health. FCI also produced an Executive Summary for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Series to more broadly disseminate the key themes and recommendations of the Series.

The Lancet Executive Summary of the Lancet Maternal Survival Series
 

The Lancet, a premiere health journal, produced two special editions in 2006 on the important topics of Maternal Survival and Sexual and Reproductive Health. FCI also produced an Executive Summary for the Maternal Survival Series.

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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