CARE for Moms: Maternal Health

A Fundamental Human Right

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 inbalances that have an impact on health.

Here are some of the heroes we have worked with.

Hope Springs for Fatuma

It takes a lot of strength to carry 55 pounds of water for more than four hours across eastern Ethiopia’s arid highlands. It also takes particular strength to change the circumstances that force women to shoulder that burden.

Rehena Prevails

As a young girl, Rehena Begum was the brightest among her peers in school. Her parents had always encouraged and supported her dreams for an education, until they succumbed to traditional rural customs in Bangladesh and arranged for Rehena, at the age of 14, to marry.

The Power of Choice

At age 33, Rose has seven children. While many of us would consider this a satisfactory (and impressive!) number, Rose’s husband would like to expand his family to 12.

Ganga Becomes a Mother

“Married at an early age, I did not know much about family planning. Nobody cared to teach girls about reproductive health, fearing that we might misuse the learning and run away at an early age."