Sexual and reproductive health indicators remain extremely weak in West Africa. A combination of social, legal, and healthcare-related drivers limit, and often inhibit, women from asserting their sexual and reproductive rights. As a result, women and girls face the injustice of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and at-risk births. These injustices result in unnecessary suffering and death among women of reproductive age in West Africa.
In this context, we understand the four greatest barriers inhibiting women from achieving their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to be: restrictive legal frameworks and limited policy accountability, inadequate health services, socio-cultural/gender norms, and recurrent/endemic conflicts and emergencies. CARE’s approach therefore seeks to target these four barriers to foster sustainable change in SRHR indicators. Our goal is to help 12 million women and girls across West Africa to exercise their rights to sexual and reproductive health by 2020.
For more information and guidance on CARE’s SRHR engagement strategy in West Africa, click here.
CARE's SRHR Projects in West Africa Include:
This project aims to improve the Cameroonian Government and civil society’s technical capacity to provide and implement evidence-based prevention, care, and treatment services and programs for members of key populations, including men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and clients of sex workers.
HIN NOU VIVO! (Benin)
This project aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by integrating immunization and family planning service delivery and creating a supportive environment that encourages sustainable immunization practices while addressing barriers to family planning uptake.
IMAGINE (Bangladesh, Niger)
This project aims to assist married adolescent girls in delaying their first births through voluntary use of modern contraceptive methods.
Projet Espoir (Mali)
This project aimed to improve maternal health – with a specific focus on safe delivery practices – by improving the quality of care at local health centers and challenging social, gender, and cultural norms that inhibit women’s access to essential health services before, during, and after childbirth.
SAFPAC (Chad, DR Congo, Mali)
The SAFPAC (Safe Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care) project integrates essential SRHR services into acute and protracted humanitarian emergencies.
Tekponen Jikuagou (Benin)
This project aimed to address unmet need for family planning by applying social network theory and analysis to move from targeting individuals with behavior change activities to thinking of individuals as members of formal and informal networks that influence behaviors.