In Asia, gender inequality and social norms hinder women and girls from accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services. Specifically, there is a need to address high rates of unwanted pregnancies, lack of access and uptake of contraceptives, unsafe abortions, early marriage, and adolescent pregnancies. CARE’s goal in Asia is to increase the responsiveness and resilience of health systems to reach the most marginalized women and girls.
Sexual and reproductive health in emergencies work in Asia
Much of Asia is exposed to natural disasters like floods, typhoons, and landslides. These countries may also experience crises that arise from political, social, or cultural conflicts that lead to complex cyclical emergencies. At CARE, the Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies (SRH-E) team is working to build regional and country office capacity with the goal of institutionalizing SRH-E in the region.
Aside from these ongoing initiatives, we are providing sexual and reproductive health services to women and girls in acute crisis, particularly refugees from Myanmar in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
CARE's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Projects in Asia Include:
Bihar Technical Support Program (India)
This program aims to provide catalytic support to the Health and Social Welfare Departments of the Government of Bihar to transform capabilities and behaviors, build ownership towards health programs, and unlock the potential of both public and private sector providers to effectively improve the quality and coverage of maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition interventions.
This project aims to support women garment workers in making informed sexual choices, accessing reliable reproductive health services, and preventing unplanned pregnancies.
Community Support Systems (Bangladesh)
This project aims to ensure the health and survival of pregnant women and children by building community capacity to demand, negotiate and use quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn health services and create mechanisms for accountability between clients and providers.
HAMORIS (Timor Leste)
This project aims to contribute to lasting reductions in maternal mortality and disability by increasing the number of women in targeted communities utilizing appropriate and quality maternal health services.
IMAGINE (Bangladesh, Niger)
This project aims to assist married adolescent girls in delaying their first births through voluntary use of modern contraceptive methods.
Private Community Health Worker Initiative (Bangladesh)
This project aims to improve health outcomes of women and children under 5 years of age in underserved and remote communities by creating a creating a sustainable, private, skilled community health worker model.