ATLANTA (Feb. 4, 2016) — As concerns grow about the spread of the Zika virus worldwide, the humanitarian organization CARE says the medical emergency disproportionately affects poor women who bear the brunt of the disease and have the least resources to fight it.
It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon at CARE’s Nutrition Centre in Mankien, Unity state. Joyce* is sitting on the tiled floor breast feeding two of her children: Peter and Rose, twins of 12 months.
Every time I look at my 2-month-old, I remember that horrifying night. I shiver in fear as to what could have happened to me and my baby if Anila had not brought us to the primary health center on time.
A week ago, all alone and in labor, Mariam, 37, rushed herself to the hospital to give birth to her tiny daughter, Aya. With her relatives and husband in Syria, Mariam has had few people to rely upon for helping cover expensive medical services or running household errands.
But the country still needs more facilities, more medicines, and more medical supplies
One of the original CARE Packages© was a midwifery kit.
Today, CARE delivers lasting change by helping women prepare for medical and other emergencies.
CARE is an active member in the following coalitions and working groups :
Family Planning Implementer’s Working Group (IWG)
Ensuring the welfare of women, men, girls and boys, particularly in emergency situations, is one of CARE’s priorities.