CARE was one of the first international aid agencies to work in Nepal. Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters. CARE has identified three core themes for its current programs:
- empowering women
- securing livelihoods and effectively managing natural resources
- addressing equity and social justice
CARE works with some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in Nepal, focusing on Dalits (people deemed as lower class), socially excluded indigenous people, poor families, marriageable girls and boys, single women, people with HIV/AIDS, and people affected by conflict or disaster.
As the global community narrows in on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there is a renewed dedication to improving the health of women and children. The evidence is beginning to show that maternal deaths are declining globally; 358,000 women will die this year in pregnancy and childbirth compared to over 500,000 just a few years ago. In many countries, where little or no progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality since the MDGs were agreed to in 2000, access to and utilization of proven, cost-effective, life-saving interventions is urgently needed.
CARE's 2013 HIV and AIDS Capacity Statement
CARE’s Approach to Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health