Counting every maternal death: Strengthening maternal mortality surveillance and response in the Caribbean

By Aishling Thurow Aishling Thurow is a Project Support Associate at Management Sciences for Health.  Every maternal death must be documented to prevent the next one. In the Caribbean, where 175 women die for every 100,000 live births (WHO, 2015), understanding the reasons they died is essential to preventing more unnecessary maternal deaths in the …

LAC 2016: Reducing inequities in sexual and reproductive health among adolescents

Ariadna Capasso is senior technical advisor at the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health.  Reducing inequities in sexual and reproductive health–especially for adolescents and youth–remains a priority focus among policymakers, healthcare practitioners, and advocates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In September 2016, twenty-two governments and a broad range of partners–including international and …

Delivering care, delivering change for women and babies: Latin American midwives build skills for country-level advocacy

Ariadna Capasso is senior technical advisor for the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health. We know how to prevent maternal and newborn deaths, but globally, almost 300,000 women and 3 million newborns continue to lose their lives because they lack access to high-quality obstetric services–services which midwives provide. Skilled midwives can prevent up to …

Addressing youth and disability: Policies of social inclusion, gender equality, non-discrimination and prevention of sexual violence

By Ariadna Capasso and Maria Faget Ariadna Capasso is senior program officer for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) program, and Maria Faget is LAC regional adviser on youth and adolescents. The rights and needs of persons with disabilities are too often neglected, violated or ignored. This is manifested in acts of discrimination, emotional abuse, …

Call for posts: How to increase access to maternal and reproductive health supplies

By Milka Dinev, Beth Yeager, and Katie Millar Milka Dinev is the Latin America and Caribbean Forum Regional Advisor for the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Beth Yeager is the principal technical advisor for maternal, newborn and child health for Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health …

Assessing and improving the quality of maternal health care in LAC

Martha Murdock is FCI’s Vice President of Regional Programs. Last week in Arusha, Tanzania, scientists, researchers, advocates, and policy-makers came together to share knowledge and experiences at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Maternal Health Task Force (based at the Harvard School of Public Health) and Management and Development …

Passion and pride: Young people take to the radio

María Faget is Family Care International’s Regional Advisor in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Last month, 21 young people from five Andean countries spent four days together learning radio production skills, recording professional-quality radio shows, and developing strategies for fighting teen pregnancy. The engine driving their work was the passion of these young people for their communities, and …

Partnering to promote reproductive health for Latin America’s indigenous women

Martha Murdock is FCI’s vice president for regional programs. I have just arrived in Lima, Peru, where — together with Alexia Escobar and Maritza Segura, FCI’s national coordinators in Bolivia and Ecuador — I will be attendingthe High Level Meeting on Reproductive Health and Intercultural Care in Latin America. This meeting, hosted by the Peruvian …

Toast to the FCI Program of MSH: Women Deliver 2016 (#WD2016)

By Barbara Ayotte Barbara Ayotte is Senior Director of Communications at Management Sciences for Health. This post originally appeared on the Global Health Impact Blog. The FCI Program of MSH will maintain and strengthen the spirit and vision of FCI. –Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH MSH hosted a lively reception at the close of the Women …