Integrating the Challenge of Gender Norms and Sexuality in a Maternal Health Program

For decades, CARE and other development organizations have worked with communities to improve both the quality and accessibility of local health services for women and newborns. Our programs have been designed to promote, among other things: access to information that will positively affect choices about family planning; basic elements of antenatal care for all pregnant women; skilled delivery at birth; referral to basic and comprehensive emergency care when complications arise; and essential newborn care, including warming, cord care and immediate and exclusive breastfeeding. These strategies have been proven to improve maternal and newborn health and survival.