icon icon icon icon icon icon icon

Adolescent Health

A group of Bangladeshi girls sit on the ground around a large piece of white paper. One girl, in the center, is drawing a face on the paper with a black marker.

CARE / Josh Estey

CARE / Josh Estey

Supporting marginalized population groups, especially adolescents, is key to exercising the right to health.

CARE is working to provide high-quality health information and services to youth. With the vision of a world where all young people have the knowledge, skills, capacity, and opportunities they need to transition into a healthy and productive adulthood.

Adolescence is a unique window of opportunity to shape healthy and successful development. Unfortunately, millions of young people around the world are vulnerable to threats like early marriage, school dropout, unemployment, violence, HIV, and unplanned pregnancy. Twenty-one million girls get pregnant before the age of 19 every year. Married adolescents are especially vulnerable to health problems related to childbearing, and few global health initiatives reach this population. CARE has particular expertise in addressing the needs of married adolescents and supporting them to plan the families and lives they desire.

Highlighted Adolescent Health Programs


To design and test interventions that hold promise for delaying the timing of first birth among married adolescents (ages 15-19) in Niger and Bangladesh.

Read More


TESFA+ aims to capitalize on seven years of research and program experience from TESFA ("hope" in Amharic) to unlock the power and futures of adolescent girls at scale.

Read More

Tipping Point

The Tipping Point initiative identifies the root causes of child, early, and forced marriage and facilitates innovative strategies to create alternative paths for adolescent girls.

Read More

Adolescent Mothers Against All Odds (AMAL) Initiative

The AMAL Initiative was designed to meet the needs of pregnant adolescents and first-time mothers in areas affected by crisis.

Read More