Birth of CSI
Childbirth Survival International (CSI) was founded in 2013 by Stella Mpanda, a veteran certified nurse midwife and Tausi Suedi, a global health policy professional and adjunct professor of Global Health at Towson University in Maryland.
The passion to make and see a difference in this lifetime plus the deep understanding of the challenges many women, children and adolescents in limited resource settings face, they decided to translate years of talk, research and learning into effective actions in unreached areas, resulting into CSI's Top Five Priorities.
Together, they bring rich experiences, talent, skill, wealth of knowledge, and double-passion to address reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health challenges in marginalized communities around the world; contributing to achievement of global, national, and community goals.
The CSI team has grown from this powerful intergenerational duo to a diverse, skilled and dynamic team who embody the passion and uphold CSI values, mission, and vision. The CSI Team, mostly volunteers, works with local leaders, healthcare providers, host country governments, local and international nonprofits, business partners, and donors to impact and transform underserved communities.
CSI is a trusted 501(c)(3) global humanitarian grassroots organization working in various African countries. 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 in Baltimore and abroad.
CSI is a member of the World Health Organization Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).
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About CSI: Who, What, Where, Why, How.
Grow into a reputable and trusted global organization in the significant reduction of preventable/treatable maternal, newborn, infant, child and adolescent disabilities and deaths.
Facilitate the effective 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 is 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, immunizations, 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 youth and adolescents is essential to prevent and avoid unintended pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Adolescents & young people matter
Invest in girls & boys equitably