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Welcome to the Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights Knowledge Center!
CARE believes that access to quality sexual and reproductive health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. SRHR s a vital component of CARE's work to reduce poverty and social injustice. Improvements in SRHR are linked to economic and social development and must be addressed in order to achieve sustainable reductions in poverty. But the realization of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone; rather large-scale and sustainable change requires that we address underlying and systemic factors, including gender inequality, policy barriers, and power imbalances that have an impact on health.

To this end, CARE’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) team works to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and improve health outcomes by increasing the quality, responsiveness and equity of health services. CARE works to generate and build evidence, measure impact, and share learning globally, as well as advocate for stronger SRHR policies and encourage scale-up and replication of successful approaches in order to increase global impact.


OUR STRATEGIC AREAS OF FOCUS

Though CARE’s SRHR programming encompass a diverse and extensive portfolio, some specific approaches and sectoral areas critical to CARE’s rights based approach to SRHR have emerged in which CARE has proven capacity, and which offer the greatest scope for scalability, sustainability, and impact. Our team and partner country offices are committed to addressing the underlying causes of poor SRMH, through our strategic areas of focus:


Participatory Governance:

  • Allow for communities to sustainably improve the performance, accountability and responsiveness of their health systems, leading to improvements in quality, coverage, and equity of health services.
  • Hold governments accountable to upholding policies and guaranteeing community entitlements.
  • Support communities to know their rights and be empowered to speak for their own needs.


Sexuality, Gender, and Rights:

  • Confront fundamental issues of gender and sexuality that stand in the way of improving SRMH and family planning uptake.
  • Work with vulnerable and/or under-served groups such as young people, ethnic minorities, lower castes and sex workers to speak out on SRMH issues that concern them.
  • Challenge harmful traditions and practices that marginalize women and girls, including domestic violence and early marriage.
  • Work within households, families, and communities to understand and address the barriers to family planning uptake.


Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal Health in Emergencies:

  • Integrate essential reproductive health and family planning services into CARE’s emergency and relief efforts.
  • Strengthen clinical and counseling services and the health systems that support them in crisis-affected countries.
  • Mobilize and support communities, women and their families to decrease barriers and improve access to sexual and reproductive health services in emergencies.


Advocacy:

  • Advocate for policy change to improve health systems and access to SRHR care.
  • Further CARE’s position on key SRHR issues and contribute to dialogue, planning and advocacy efforts at the global level.


In this Knowledge Center you will find resources and information on our SRHR projects, approaches and tools, as well as relevant presentations, reports and stories from the field. We hope that this platform will facilitate joint learning and knowledge sharing and help us build our collective thinking and practice so as to advance our SRHR work. We encourage you to contribute to building this resource with your experiences as well!


Get Connected!
We also invite you to join the SRHR listserv. The SRHR Listserv is a bi-monthly email communication that includes global CARE updates on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights programming and projects, new tools and resources, and other relevant information. Please email Mariela Rodriguez (mrodriguez@care.org) to join the listserv!



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