Birth of CSI
Childbirth Survival International (CSI) was founded by Stella Mpanda, a veteran certified nurse midwife and Tausi Suedi, a global public health professional. The passion to make and see a difference plus the deep understanding of the challenges many women, children, and adolescents in limited resource settings face, they decided years of talking, researching, and learning be translated into action in unreached areas. Together they bring rich experiences, talent, skill, wealth of knowledge, and double-passion to address reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health challenges in marginalized communities; contributing to achievement of global, national, and community goals.
Today, the CSI team has grown from this powerful intergenerational duo to a diverse, skilled, and dynamic team with individuals in Canada, USA, Qatar, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa, who share the passion and uphold CSI values, mission, and vision. The CSI Team, mostly of volunteers, works with communities, healthcare providers, host country Governments, local and international partners, and donors to achieve desired goals.
CSI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian international organization is based in Maryland, USA. CSI works to advocate, strengthen, and improve the Quality, Access, and Delivery (QAD) of respectful health services and information for pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, and youth in marginalized communities.
CSI is a member of the World Health Organization Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health (PMNCH).
In 2015, CSI joined 79 PMNCH members and wrote to the G-7 Sherpas to include RMNCAH in the G7 Summit Communiqué.
Grow into a reputable and trusted global organization in the significant reduction of preventable maternal, newborn, infant, child, and adolescent disability or death.
Facilitate the provision of respectful, quality maternal and reproductive health services to women of child bearing age; improve services for newborns and children 0-5 years at health facilities and at their homes (home-based midwifery care); and increase access to youth friendly reproductive health services.
Results, Integrity, Respect, Commitment, Accountability, Collaboration, and Excellence are core to our approaches in achieving CSI's vision and mission.
We Reach the Unreached!
The CSI Team believes that the "best gift a newborn can have is a healthy and strong mother and a mother to have a healthy baby". CSI applies holistic approaches to meet both goals tailoring specific-interventions to meet each community and health facility needs.
Basic low-cost interventions such as hand washing to prevent spread of infections and newborn resuscitation can save newborn lives. CSI optimizes child survival in the first five years of life.
Access to reproductive health information and youth friendly services for adolescents is essential to prevent and avoid unintended pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Adolescents & young people matter!
Invest in girls & boys the same!
Childbirth Survival International (CSI)
Dedicated to advocate, strengthen and improve the quality, access, and delivery (QAD) of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health services and information for pregnant women, newborns, children, and adolescents in marginalized communities.