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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.

Advocacy, Approval, Access: Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage A Guide for Effective Advocacy
 

This publication provides guidance to national advocates and civil society organizations in conducting effective advocacy for the successful uptake of misoprostol for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Through case studies and an Advocacy for Access Framework, this publication provides concrete examples to support misoprostol’s availability and use at the national level.

Advocating for Maternal Health: A Checklist for Private Sector Health Providers
 

This checklist presents a set of tips and relevant resources and tools to help private sector health providers improve their knowledge, skills, and capacity to conduct advocacy in support of maternal health.

 

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.

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.

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.”

Fortalecimiento de la Partería en América Latina y el Caribe: Informe sobre la colaboración entre la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas y la Confederación Internacional de Matronas, 2011-2014
 

La evidencia demuestra que invertir en el desarrollo de las capacidades de las matronas para prestar atención calificada del parto se traduce en resultados de salud positivos para mujeres, recién nacidos, familias y comunidades. Este documento describe las acciones adoptadas por UNFPA, ICM, FCI y sus aliados para fortalecer el papel y las competencias de las parteras profesionales en ALC. Este informe comienza con un panorama general de los retos claves que enfrenta la región, seguido de una descripción de las principales estrategias de la iniciativa, y concluye mostrando los logros más significativos de la alianza, las lecciones aprendidas durante los últimos tres años, y las recomendaciones para el futuro.

Este documento está disponible también en Inglés.

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.

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.

 

Making the Case for Midwifery: A Toolkit for Using Evidence from the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report to Create Policy Change at the Country Level
 

This toolkit, available now in English, as well as in a preliminary draft version and French, is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capacity of midwives, and of their national midwifery associations, to conduct advocacy for positive policy change. using evidence published in The State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014 report. Final versions in French and Spanish will be available later in 2014.

 

Manual para la humanización y adecuación cultural de la atención del parto (HACAP)
 

Developed jointly by FCI, QAP and the Minister of Health of Ecuador, this manual intends to help health care managers facilitate a dialogue with mothers and traditional birth attendants to identify changes that can make facility-based delivery more acceptable to expectant mothers.

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.

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.

Strengthening Midwifery in Latin America and the Caribbean: A report on the collaboration between the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives, 2011-2014
 

Evidence shows that investing in the capacity of midwives to provide high quality skilled delivery care translates into positive health outcomes for women, newborns, families, and communities. This report describes the actions taken by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives, FCI, and partners to strengthen the role and competencies of professional midwives in the Latin America and Caribbean region. It begins with an overview of the key challenges faced in the region, followed by a description of the initiative’s main strategies and concluding with the partnership’s key achievements and lessons learned over the last three years, and recommendations for the future.

The report is also available in Spanish.

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.


 
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