How investments in gender equality have kept health systems running during COVID-19 Even before COVID-19, investments in health systems—and especially female health workers—were too low. In 2019 the world had a gap of 18 million health workers. Two years and 15 million deaths later, we have at least 26 million fewer health workers than we need. This leaves us severely unprepared for future pandemics and other major shocks to the health system, including conflict and climate change. We must invest in health systems that don’t just meet the needs of today, but that are also resilient in the face of future shocks. Pandemic preparedness requires gender equality: equal recognition, support, and fair pay for ALL health workers. Globally, 70% of health workers are women, but half of their work is unpaid. We must do more to support these health workers. The glimmers of success in COVID-19 built on previous investments in women health workers, their skills, and equality in health systems. Pre-existing investments in equality helped systems respond to COVID-19. Increased investments will build better resilience for the crises that come next.
As winter approaches, more Ukrainians are once again surging to the Poland border. This November 21 update explores how CARE is responding, and features a mother's story of life with her children after fleeing Ukraine. Read MoreRead More
This year, the Water+ team is proud to present the Annual Innovation in Sanitation award to the CARE Madagascar RANO WASH team and its partners! This is a team that has helped accelerate progress against Madagascar’s national sanitation goals with approaches that think big and tackle scale. As of 2022, the project has exceeded its life of project targets and helped the government of Madagascar ensure that: More than 660,000 people have better access to sanitation (basic and shared) and more than 77 communes, including 5,543 communities, have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) - protecting the health and dignity of more than 868,000 people. Read MoreRead More
Nachingwea, a district in the uniquely biodiverse Ruvuma landscape, is one of Tanzania’s poorest regions. Its communities rely largely on subsistence farming and are increasingly subject to the impacts of climate change, such as erratic rainfall resulting in droughts and floods. Women are especially vulnerable to these events due to the gender roles and socioeconomic marginalization that reduce their access to information, resources, and decision-making power— and thus, their ability to contribute to climate change resilience. This brief presents key impacts and lessons drawn from various monitoring, evaluation, and learning methods implemented through the project. After a mixed-methods baseline quantitative household survey of 30 clusters randomly selected from 126 villages, including all six project villages, an independent endline survey evaluated households from three project villages regarding changes in natural resource management agricultural practices, and their well-being, among other things. Read MoreRead More