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Many women in low and middle-income countries face gaps in access to high-quality ANC: they often do not receive the recommended services for a healthy pregnancy, experience poor quality of care, and are treated disrespectfully. 

The FCI Program of MSH advocates at the global, country, and community levels, for improved sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and rights.

Burkina Faso: Amid times of political crisis, civil society advocates call for increased invesment in women's and children's health Kenya: Women's and children's health in a devolved state: Advocates tackle crippling health worker shortages through budget advocacy

In spite of substantial advances in maternal and newborn health over recent decades, roughly 300,000 girls and women still die due to pregnancy-related complications every year. At present, the global community largely agrees on what needs to be done to prevent these deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of women and babies.

Every year, 7,300 women die in Latin America and the Caribbean from causes related to childbirth. Although, the region has achieved significant advances in maternal health over the past few years, the majority of these tragedies continue to be preventable. Why do maternal deaths keep occuring? How can we prevent them?

Family Care International, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration conducted a research study in Kenya to document 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 Toolkit for Using Evidence from the State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 Report to Create Policy Change at the Country Level

These briefing cards detail the linkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and other key development issues including environmental sustainability, gender equality, economic growth, educational attainment, and broader health goals.

Advocating Together: The Power of Alliances for Maternal Health provides guidance for national civil society organizations (CSOs) interested in establishing or strengthening an alliance in support of maternal health advocacy. This toolkit provides a step-by-step approach to working with partners in a national-level alliance to advocate for maternal health policy change.

The past decade has witnessed increasing global attention and political support for maternal, newborn and child health. Despite this increased attention, actual progress has been slow and sporadic: coverage of key maternal and newborn health interventions remains low and there are wide disparities in access to care, within and across countries.

Maternal health remains an urgent public health challenge for the global community.

Obstetric fistula is an injury to the birth canal, resulting from prolonged labour, that has devastating physical and psychological effects on women's lives.

Obstetric fistula is an injury to the birth canal, resulting from prolonged labour, that has devastating physical and psychological effects on women's lives. Its persistence reveals vast inequities in access to and quality of reproductive health care.

In 2013, Family Care International (FCI) conducted a mapping analysis in Zambia to gather information on the maternal health policy environment; the organizations, partnerships, and networks currently and potentially engaged in maternal health advocacy; and the advocacy goals, strategies, resources, and core messages being used.

In 2012-2013, Family Care International conducted a mapping analysis in Uganda to gather information on the maternal health policy environment; the organizations, partnerships, and networks currently and potentially engaged in maternal health advocacy; and the advocacy goals, strategies, resources, and core messages being used.

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 (French title)

Mobilising Communities on Young People's Health and Rights: An Advocacy Toolkit for Programme Managers leads the user through the stages of planning and launching an advocacy campaign to ensure that government commitments are translated into programs that meet young people's sexual and reproductive health needs.

This infographic, developed with support from Johnson & Johnson, highlights the critical role that midwives play in improving maternal and newborn health around the world. Midwives have a powerful voice in changing policies and practices that support the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of health services.

The FCI Program created this infographic to convey key messages and data from We Decide, a UNFPA-led initiative to promote gender equality and social inclusion of young people with disabilities and to prevent sexual violence. Launched earlier this year, We Decide involves a number of key organizations of persons with disabilities and aims to:

Nearly 16 million girls ages 15-19 give birth annually, almost all of them in developing countries. Pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls, contributing to maternal and child mortality rates and to the vicious cycle of poverty and poor health.

El manual desenvolvido por FCI con el apoyo de la División para América Latina y el Caribe del Fondo de Poblacíon de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA) incluye las notas para facilitación, el contenido de presentaciones en power point sobre los temas, y sugerencias para trabajos en grupo que ayuden a fortaceler las habilidades de las personas participantes en proyetos que cont

“Mujeres indígenas: derechos sexuales y derechos reproductivos” pretende dar respuesta a la demanda informativa expresada por las mujeres indígenas de Ecuador y sus organizaciones, acerca de sus derechos sexuales y reproductivos, que están vigentes y garantizados por la Constitución de 2008 y a otras leyes que, además, se estructuran tomando en cuenta

Developed by FCI, the Ministry of Health of Ecuador, and the Quality Assurance Project (QAP) this manual facilitates a process to adapt delivery care to cultural expectations.

La publicación "Jóvenes y derechos: mensajes para incidir en la esfera pública" es una herramienta para aquellos grupos, organizaciones o personas que quieran dedicarse a hacer abogacía por el ejercicio de los derechos reproductivos, y en particular para la prevención del embarazo no deseado en adolescentes.

Producido por la Federación de Organizaciones de la Nacionalidad Kichwa de Sucumbíos (FONAKISE), AMNKISE y FCI Ecuador, el Camino al Buen Trato es un rotafolio para capacitar y formar a promotores del buen trato en las comunidades de Ecuador de manera que puedan gestionar contra la violencia de la mujer y su prevención. Esta publicación es sólo disponible en

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