Sexual|Reproductive Health

Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) 2009-2013

CARE Norway, collaborating CARE country offices (COs), and partners have from 2009 through 2013 run the “Women Empowerment Programme” (WEP). With funding from NORAD, it has been implemented in Mali, Niger, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Myanmar and DRC (from 2013).

The results presented in this report derive from CARE’s monitoring systems, thematic assessments and research done over the 5 years. This final report is intended to give NORAD an overview of key results within the program’s four thematic focus areas: 1)Women’s Economic Empowerment, 2)Women’s Participation in Decision Making, 3) Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and 4) Prevention and Mitigation of Gender-based violence. In agreement with NORAD, the end-line evaluation of the WEP is due in May 2015. [55 pages] Read More...

Sexual Reproductive Maternal Child Health Project

This report presents the findings of an end of project evaluation for “Sexual Reproductive Maternal Child Health” a project implemented by CARE International in Uganda through Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization-GWED-G a local Non-Governmental Organisation based in Gulu Northern Uganda. The goal of the project was: “Improving Access to Reproductive, Child and Maternal Health in Northern Uganda” in the three districts of Gulu, Amuru and Nwoya, covering 9 Sub Counties (Ongako, Bungatira, Bobi, Koro, Patiko, Awach, Lamogi, Koch Goma and Alero). The three expected results were: 1)All members of the participating households have the required, age appropriate knowledge about key Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health issues to support family members in accessing services; 2)Men and adolescent boys demonstrate supportive behaviours with regard to their family members accessing Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health services; and 3) Health and Education service providers are more aware of demand based obstacles and actively engage to mitigate deterrents. [98 pages] Read More...

HALOW+: Decent work and productivity Baseline Presentation

Presentation addressing the following questions: Are decent work conditions associated with worker productivity? Building on the baseline report, we explored decent work in terms of factory facilities (i.e., soap and water, toilet quality, and food), and in terms of workers’ relationships with supervisors and managers.
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HALOW+ Health Intervention Baseline Report

HALOW+ (an extension of the Health Access and Linkage Opportunities for Workers project) is a partnership among GSK, M&S, and CARE, aimed at increasing Bangladeshi factory workers’ knowledge, empowerment, and access to health services. These workers often have low economic and social status, making it difficult for them to advocate for their needs. Because there is significant room for improvement in workers’ health (e.g., anemia is prevalent), and improved health is not just a benefit to workers but also facilitates greater productivity, this project combines the expertise of the three partner organizations to improve worker health and factory outcomes. [57 pages]
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Abdiboru Project Improving Adolescent Reproductive Health and Nutrition through Structural Solutions: Midterm Report

The Abdiboru project aims at improving the life’s of very young adolescent girls’ (10-14 years of age) specifically their sexual and reproductive health and nutrition through structural solution in West Hararghe zone, Oromia, Ethiopia.
The different combination of interventions are implemented by CARE Ethiopia: Arm 1(the Double-combination arm) combines individual and structural/government level interventions; Arm 2 (the Triple-combination arm) combines interventions at individual, structural/ government level, and community levels; and Arm 3 (the delayed intervention arm) serves as a control arm until it receives the better of Arm 1 or Arm 2 intervention in the final year of the project.
This midterm assessment was designed to gather evidence on the progress and lessons learned in the first half of the project life. This assessment pulled data from various sources that are part of the monitoring and evaluation system of the project, including mini-qualitative assessment, baseline qualitative and quantitative studies, sectoral office data, monitoring data, lite qualitative study and the mid-term assessment study. [43 pages]
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Towards Improved Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA) Project Baseline Qualitative Study Report

Operational in Ethiopia since 1984, CARE’s involvement into sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and maternal, newborn and child Health (MNCH) programming began in 1995 with the Family Planning and HIV/AIDS program. Since that time, CARE has gained expertise in the design and implementation of family planning and MNCH programs in Ethiopia by piloting innovative approaches, social analysis and action, village saving and loan association, mobilizing communities, encouraging behavior change communication, and engaging with government and local organizations etc. CARE Ethiopia's experience working with stakeholders at various levels to develop and implement sustainable family planning and MNCH activities, combined with global leadership in SRH, MNCH and HIV/AIDS equips CARE with the unique skills to tackle enduring and emerging issues that affect the health and wellbeing of women, men and children of Ethiopia. [64 pages]
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Advocacy and Influencing Impact Reporting Tool Global Family Planning Summit

This tool has been developed to gather further information and evidence on CARE’s advocacy or influencing win. At CARE, advocacy is defined as “the deliberate process of influencing those who make decisions about developing, changing and implementing policies to reduce poverty and achieve social justice.1” Influencing and advocacy can go beyond government policies, it can include influencing governments, donors or NGOs to adopt a CARE program model or influencing the private sector to change their company policies or operating practices.
This tool captures the significance of the win, the level of CARE and our partner’s contribution, who stands to benefit from the change, and what evidence do we have to support a claim of change or impact. With the wide range of successes within influencing work and the various roles CARE may have played in this win, this tool allows us to identify how significant the win is as well as the significance of CARE’s contribution and our partners. Read More...

TESFA Qualitative Final Evaluation Report


TESFA project, funded by Johnson and Johnson Corporate Contributions, started in January 2015 aiming to reach 3,000 ever-married adolescent girls in order to bring measurable, positive change to ever married girls' sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and economic status. CARE Ethiopia has significant experience working with the same impact groups, in particular through an earlier phase of the TESFA project in a different geographical area funded by the Nike Foundation from 2010-2014. The J&J TESFA project complemented an ongoing Johnson & Johnson-supported WASH development initiative in the same geographical area in a selected number of kebeles, allowing CARE to share existing resources (technical capacity and tools) for cost-effective implementation and to make a collective, lasting impact on the target communities. [74 pages]
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Towards Improved Economic & Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA) Endline Evaluation

Towards Improved Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA)1 specifically addresses the economic and sexual and reproductive health problems of ever-married girls.2 CARE has years of experience in working with these girls through various interventions. Moreover, this project complements an ongoing Johnson & Johnson-supported water, sanitation and health (WASH) development initiative in the same geographical area, allowing us to share existing resources (technical capacity and tools) for cost-effective implementation and to make a collective, lasting impact on the target communities. [16 pages] Read More...

Ruby Cups: Girls in Imvepi Refugee Settlement Taking Control

CARE International and WoMena Uganda are currently concluding a menstrual cup (MC) pilot implementation
project in Imvepi Refugee Settlement, funded by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). This is the second pilot that WoMena has conducted on the use of menstrual cups (the Ruby Cup brand) with refugee women in Uganda. Based on findings from previous studies and Menstrual Health Management (MHM) projects conducted by WoMena, the project’s goal was to improve the capacity of female beneficiaries to safely and effectively manage their menstruation with a menstrual cup called “Ruby Cup”, and to improve general knowledge and perceptions around menstruation in the community. The pilot was integrated into CARE’s existing gender-based violence sector support programs in West Nile and was prompted by evidence of a strong linkage between Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and Gender based violence (GBV) in various CARE assessments. CARE collected information on refugee girls engaging in transactional sex to buy pads. Read More...

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