Family Planning

The Path to 2020

The Path to 2020 report highlights CARE’s progress in expanding access to family planning for women and girls in some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world.

CARE Denounces U.S. Decision to Defund UNFPA

The organization provides life-saving health care to families around the globe

Family Planning Is a Key Pillar of Our Work

It is a proven effective strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

International Family Planning 101

Top 4 myths about family planning in under 4 minutes.

Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices

We put reproductive rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality at the center of our work.

“Now that I can control my pregnancies, I can be sure that my children go to school. I never had the time to finish my studies, but they will. I will see a better life through my children.” – Anifa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Not Enough

Find out why health services alone will not protect women’s reproductive rights.

There’s a global call to advance family planning.

And we support it. Increased investment, targeted programming and supportive policies are all critical to meeting the reproductive health needs of millions of women and men. CARE believes that access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Supporting sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights is therefore central to CARE’s commitment to gender equality and reducing global poverty.

A woman’s social, economic and physical status is inextricably linked to her ability to exercise her reproductive rights. As a rights-based organization, our programming and advocacy affirms and supports girls’ and women’s right to safe childbirth, reproductive self-determination and bodily integrity. We work to reduce maternal mortality, increase healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and the elimination of discrimination and violence.

Across the world, CARE is improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by changing inequitable gender and social norms and empowering women; increasing the coverage, quality, effectiveness, responsiveness and equity of health services; and expanding and amplifying women’s voices, participation and influence in society.


Share the facts about family planning.

Steal These StatsApproximately 222 million women worldwide have an unmet need for effective contraception.
Steal These Stats1 in 3 deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth could be avoided if women had access to contraception.
Steal These StatsChildren born 3-5 years apart are twice as likely to make it to age 5 as those born less than 2 years apart.
Steal These StatsWomen who have more than 4 children are at increased risk of maternal mortality.

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We Asked:

What does it mean to be a woman in your home?

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Stop! Police?

CARE Uncovers a Strong Force of Support in Chad

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Watch This!

What does a savings and loan group have to do with family planning?

In the News

CARE sponsored this year's Women Deliver conference, advancing the goal of ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain at the forefront of global humanitarian and development agendas.

We Get Results

Current use of family planning among women was significantly associated with exposure to the FPRI and increased from 32% to 51% in Kenya, and from 32% to 61% in Ethiopia.

Latest story post

Finding strength amid the horror

How access to healthcare and family planning is helping Hadiza regain control after losing so much

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Every woman should be able to decide when, with whom and how often to have children. Yet, hundreds of thousands of women don't have this choice.

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