Browse by Theme: Sexual Reproductive & Maternal Health

Our experience shows that integrating sexual reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV) services into community-led outreach programmes, which prioritise feedback and interaction, are key if we are to meet the needs of women and girls during a crisis. In Cox’s Bazar, women and girls sit at the heart of conflict and fragility as part of the largest stateless population in the world. A new Rapid Gender Analysis of the potential impact of COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar shows that women and girls face significant risks of a rollback of their rights. A quarter of healthcare workers already report fewer women visiting health facilities, and 43% have heard of a pregnant woman or mother dying in the last week. CARE is calling upon donors and governments to fund SRH and GBV services, as essential services in the COVID-19 response, in line with the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP).

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May 10th was Mother’s Day in many parts of the world – a day when families celebrate motherhood and honour mothers’ contributions to their children, the community, and the world.

It takes a lot of love, effort, and dedication to be a good mother. For that reason, we believe it is important that everyone has the choice whether or not to be a parent, and when to take on that responsibility. Unfortunately, many women and girls around the world do not get to choose; and the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to make the problem worse.

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All over the world recently there have been outpourings of support and appreciation for frontline health workers (FHWs) and their heroic efforts fighting COVID-19. Of course, doctors, nurses, midwives, and other health providers have been performing vital and life-saving services at great personal sacrifice even before this global pandemic, and we will continue to need them long after it is over.

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Complete this sentence, “Today, I’m worried about where I will get the money to buy _________.” What filled in the blank for you? A car? A meal? If you’re a refugee woman in Uganda, one answer is likely to be sanitary pads.

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Today, at the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Liverpool, UK, I’m presenting key learning from CARE’s highly successful and Global Good Award winning Private Community Skilled Birth Attendant (P-CSBA) programme in Bangladesh, part of CARE and GSK’s global partnership to train and support frontline health workers. Here are the top-line findings – and what they tell us about the potential of public-private partnerships.

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Masuda, Shankori and Shilpi are entrepreneurial midwives who are improving health access in one of the most remote districts in Bangladesh, where maternal and under-5 mortality rates have fallen dramatically in recent years. These powerful women are also generating more income for their families and changing social norms. Having met them on a trip to Bangladesh, Kate Barwise considers what can be learned from their successes and how to support more women like them to help more communities.

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When Theresa May welcomes Trump this week it seems like she won’t be short of conversation: there’s the World Cup, Brexit, and NATO before we even start. But with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the UK coming to join the Women’s March this Friday, a clear message is that women’s rights should be on the agenda.

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