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We have to stop being polite about this issue.
We need to start marching in the streets. Post-partumhemorrhage is a nice way of saying we let women bleed to death.
— Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President, CARE USA
The Right to Health
Maternal mortality is nothing short of an epidemic
Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of women die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth each year – that's one woman dying every 90 seconds – and millions more are left with life-altering disabilities. In some countries, one in seven women dies in pregnancy or childbirth.
These women aren't dying because the health community doesn't know how to prevent their deaths; they are dying because the world is failing to help.
Women have the right to health
CARE believes that access to quality sexual, reproductive and maternal health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Improving sexual, reproductive and maternal health is therefore central to our commitment to gender equality and to reducing global poverty.
The realization of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone; large‐scale and sustainable change requires that we address underlying and systemic factors, including gender inequality, policy barriers and power imbalances that have an impact on health.
We work in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world
For more than 50 years, we have worked in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates and some of the highest unmet needs for family planning services to improve health and reduce maternal and newborn mortality by improving the coverage, quality and equity of health services available to women, children and families, and affecting policies to ensure safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right.
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Find out how CARE’s maternal health meetings transformed a family.
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Child marriage endangers girls and places them at risk of dying in pregnancy and delivery.
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Learn about our new tool to measure women’s empowerment in our health work.
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Did You Know?
CARE pays special attention to new and expectant moms during times of crisis.
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Did You Know?
CARE helps deliver culturally-appropriate care around the globe.
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I Am NOT Going to Die!
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The Princess of Safe Motherhood
ATLANTA (May 17, 2013) - CARE, one of the world's largest poverty-fighting organizations, is proud to be sponsoring this year's Women Deliver conference, advancing the...
Moms deserve reproductive health care!