In Pakistan, the barriers to health care access for women and girls remain significant, especially in rural areas where geographical distance, unawareness and certain cultural practices worsen underlying inequalities. The dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, high fertility, high maternal and child mortality and wide prevalence of malnutrition, has resulted in few significant positive outcomes for women and children in Pakistan over the last two decades.
CARE believes that access to quality sexual, reproductive (SRH) and maternal health (MNH) is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. The realization of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone; sustainable change requires that we address underlying systemic factors, including gender inequality, global poverty, policy barriers and power imbalances that have an impact on health.
In Pakistan, CARE is committed to achieving its development aim through a multi-pronged approach focusing on building the capacities of local partners and civil society networks for provision of primary and reproductive healthcare services, expanding health promotion in rural communities, enhancing the skills of the healthcare workforce, strengthening existing health systems and supporting policy development and evidence based advocacy for realization of healthcare rights. Primary Health Care and SRH
are also key components of CARE's emergency programs.