MCAI (Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International)

Founded in 1995, Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) is an international medical charity with a strong track record of saving and improving the lives of babies, children, and pregnant women and adolescent girls in some of the world’s poorest and most troubled countries.

MCAI is based on humanitarian principles and is apolitical and has no religious affiliation.

Initially called Child Advocacy International (CAI), we changed our name to MCAI in 2009 to better reflect our work. In 2012, we moved the
charity from Nottingham, England, to the Highlands of Scotland and since then, MCAI has been registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) rather than the Charity Commission of
England and Wales (where MCAI was registered from
MCAI takes a unique approach to maternal and child health
by combining our medical expertise of emergency hospital care with a health systems strengthening - approach while advocating for
effective change at a local, national, and international level.

While appreciating that primary health care has an important role, our rationale to focus on medical emergencies and hospital care is based on
the largely unmet need of dealing with life-threatening emergencies and their complications in maternal, neonatal, and child health in resource limited settings: for example, 80% of maternal deaths are caused by
emergency conditions that could potentially be treated with appropriate and high quality emergency health care.

Member Type

Organisational member, C

Areas of Interest

  • Advocacy and Campaigns
  • Children and young people
  • Gender Issues
  • Health – Child Health
  • Health – Maternal Health
  • Human Rights

Operational Areas

  • Gambia
  • Liberia


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