Improving health

The right to health

You can give women and children a safer, healthier life to live.

Our promise to improve women and girls’ health

Poor health and poverty go hand-in-hand. So CARE fights poverty by improving the health of millions of the world’s poorest people – particularly women and girls. By the year 2020, we commit to helping 100 million women and girls to exercise their rights to sexual, reproductive and maternal health and a life free from violence. Read our 2016 progress report on what we’ve achieved so far.

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Child health

Every child deserves the chance to live a healthy and secure life.

Maternal health

Healthy mothers, children and families are the key to a better future for everyone.

Sexual and reproductive health

Every woman and girl has the right to make her own decisions about her sexual and reproductive health.


HIV is more than just a health problem – it feeds a vicious cycle of poverty and injustice.

Clean water

Access to clean water saves lives – and frees women and girls from the daily burden of walking miles to collect water.

Hygiene and sanitation

Better hygiene and access to basic sanitation can save millions of lives every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.