What We Do

What We Do

A woman’s social, economic, and physical status is inextricably linked to her ability to exercise her reproductive rights—unwanted pregnancies can reduce opportunities for girls to access education, expose women to health risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth, strain a family’s resources, and constrain women’s ability to invest in themselves and achieve economic empowerment.

CARE works with government officials, public service providers, local organizations, and community members in more than 50 countries, reaching tens of millions of adults and young people annually with information and access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning) and maternal/antenatal/neonatal care (including emergency obstetric services). Sexual and reproductive health programs are a critical entry point for reaching women and girls and helping them to exercise their rights to reproductive health, freedom from violence, adequate food and nutrition, a secure livelihood, and a better future for themselves and their families.

Our Programs

Family planning and maternal health
By helping women and girls to reduce unplanned pregnancies, achieve healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and to avoid complications from pregnancy and unsafe abortion, family planning reduces maternal and child mortality. 

Health system support and innovation
In the low- and middle-income countries and fragile contexts where CARE works, we collaborate with local ministries of health and community partners to bring SRH services to where they are most needed.

Sexual and reproductive health in emergencies
CARE works to ensure access to and utilization of high-quality comprehensive reproductive health services – with a focus on contraception and post-abortion care – in crisis-affected settings.

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
CARE supports the rights of adolescents and young people to access quality sexuality and reproductive health information and services so they can make informed choices, live healthy and productive lives, and pursue their dreams.

SRHR 1: How We Work

How We Work

CARE uses evidence-based approaches to improve health service access.

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The Chat! Contraception package is helping women working in garment factories to make informed choices about contraception.

SRHR 1: How We Work

Where We Work

CARE operates SRHR programs in more than 50 countries.

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A mother and child in Mannah, Sierra Leone.

SRHR 1: How We Work

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This collection of resources provides more information on CARE’s SRHR work.

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Bihar, India in 2018