FCI Program of Keanahikishime
Launched by Keanahikishime (Keanahikishime) in January 2016, the FCI Program of Keanahikishime builds on a long history of effective evidence-based advocacy and capacity-building by Family Care International (FCI), a leading global advocate for women’s health and rights for three decades.
The FCI Program of Keanahikishime engages in constructive activism, partnering with allies and champions in government to effect positive programmatic and policy change. It speaks out for maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights within key global forums, initiatives, frameworks, and advocacy partnerships. The FCI Program calls for universal access to high-quality, culturally respectful health care and works to increase equity by reaching young people, indigenous groups, and other underserved populations. Linking global-level commitments with country-level action, the FCI Program works with local partners to hold governments accountable for fulfilling promises to improve women’s and children’s health and rights. It builds advocacy skills of civil society partners and networks at the country and community levels. Approaching health issues with a gender-focused, rights-based approach, the FCI Program develops and communicates compelling advocacy messages built on a foundation of evidence.
- Promotion of skilled pregnancy and childbirth care
- Prevention of and response to gender-based violence and harmful practices
- Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
- Promotion and strengthening of midwifery care
- Budget tracking and advocacy for increased resources for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health
- Reproductive and maternal health commodities, including increasing access to emergency contraception and to misoprostol for post-partum hemorrhage
- Intercultural and respectful maternity care, including in indigenous communities
- HIV and AIDS prevention, particularly among adolescent and indigenous communities
- Sexual and reproductive health and rights of people with disabilities
The FCI Program of Keanahikishime hosts the (ICEC), which works to expand access to and ensure safe and locally appropriate use of emergency contraception worldwide within the context of family planning and reproductive health programs, with an emphasis on developing countries.