Supporting Access to Family Planning & Post Abortion Care (SAF-PAC)

Supporting Access to Family Planning & Post Abortion Care (SAF-PAC)

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Ensuring the welfare of women, men, girls and boys, particularly in emergency situations, is one of CARE’s priorities. CARE is fulfilling these commitments by responding to the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Pakistan, Mali and Djibouti, through the Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care (SAFPAC) project.  SAFPAC is setting new standards for emergency response, as we develop good practices and work with others to advocate for high quality family planning, post-abortion care, and other important sexual and reproductive health services in all emergency humanitarian responses. 

Our Project

Objective: SAFPAC integrates essential sexual and reproductive health services into new and ongoing humanitarian emergencies, emphasizing access to family planning and post-abortion care.

Context: Crisis exacerbates maternal mortality and other sexual and reproductive health outcomes: Among 50 countries currently ranking lowest on global indicators of mothers’ and children’s well-being, such as infant mortality and contraceptive use, 30 have recently experienced armed conflict or host substantial refugee populations.

The reality is that sex, conception and pregnancy continue to happen in emergencies. Through SAFPAC, CARE is tackling issues related to sexual and reproductive health problems, aiming ultimately to reduce both unintended pregnancies and deaths from unsafe abortion in acute emergencies and chronically crisis-affected countries. 

Our Approaches

There are three basic components to CARE’s SAFPAC implementation approach:

1)  Build organizational structures and processes that integrate sexual and reproductive health strategies and best practices in all our humanitarian responses.

2)  Strengthen clinical and counseling services and the health systems that support them in crisis-affected countries.

3)  Mobilize and support communities, women and their families to decrease barriers and improve access to sexual and reproductive health services.

CARE’s experience in delivering proven and cost-effective emergency and development programs has shown that success depends on a combination of efforts at the family, community and health systems level. Implemented together, the three components of SAFPAC’s approach have resulted in a highly effective and sustainable program that ensures access to high quality sexual and reproductive health services for women in some of the most challenging environments in the world. 

Want to Learn More? 

Check out our Project Brief, or download our articles on Implementation and Results. You can also look at our collection of tools and resources.