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
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
'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
FCI active advocate at Commission on Population and Development
The UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held its annual 2011 meeting in New York in mid-April, and FCI was one of a small number of NGOs invited to present an oral statement to the Commission. Global advocacy director Debra Jones, saying that maternal death is "a tragic and infuriating reminder of the vast gender inequities that persist in so many countries and societies; and of the terrible gaps between rich and poor countries, and between rich and poor communities within countries," called on the CPD and member governments to finally keep their often-repeated promises to invest in women's health and provide reproductive and maternal health and family planning services to all women.
FCI was on the scene throughout the CPD's long week of intense negotiations that lasted late into the night, advocating for a strong final resolution that reinforced and strengthened long-standing commitments to reproductive health and rights. You can read our blog posts here and here.
Ann Starrs blogs on Global Strategy accountability
When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health last September, a range of stakeholders made commitments totaling $40 billion for improved maternal and child health. Accountability will be the key to ensuring that these commitments translate into clear, quantifiable progress toward achievement of MDG targets by 2015. Last month, the UN announced the establishment of a high-level Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, and FCI president Ann Starrs was named to its "working group on results." Read Ann's latest blog on NGO engagement in the accountability commission's work (see Ann's earlier blog post here). Learn more...
FCI submits statement for CPD meeting
The UN Commission on Population and Development holds its 44th session in New York on April 11 to 15, 2011. This year's session, chaired by the ambassador from Malawi, is on the theme Fertility, reproductive health and development. As an NGO registered in consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, FCI submitted a statement for consderation by the CPD. "In order to meet the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action and achieve the MDGs," FCI wrote, "governments must protect and promote the human rights of women and girls, including their sexual and reproductive rights; empower women to control their fertility; ensure universal access to reproductive health; and continue efforts to improve maternal health and prevent the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of women each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth." Read the full statement...
FCI advocates for MNCH with Global Fund
The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at its December 2010 board meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, announced decisions aimed at better integrating maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) interventions with programming for its three focus diseases. The decision followed an intensive advocacy effort coordinated by FCI with a range of partners. Learn more...
At UN summit, FCI commits to Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health
FCI formally committed its support to the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, launched at a historic summit during the 2010 General Assembly meeting. FCI was integrally involved in development of the Global Strategy, played a critical role in coordinating NGO and civil society participation and support and commitment, and worked to ensure that maternal and reproductive health goals were given high priority in the text. Learn more...