CARE Australia is a leading international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. Through CARE Australia, we provide inclusion of family planning understanding in Timor Leste, in 43 hamlets’ Mothers’ Groups.
“Although the causes of maternal deaths, and the interventions required to prevent them, are well known, the reasons why women continue to die are complex. The low status of women and girls, poverty, limited educational opportunities, early marriage and pregnancy, poor nutrition, violence against women, lack of autonomy over sexual and reproductive health (including deciding if and when to have children), and poor access to basic health services such as family planning, skilled attendance at birth, emergency obstetric care, safe abortion, and post-abortion care, all contribute to the failure of most developing countries to make equitable progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 5.” [CARE advocacy publications]
“Factors contributing to maternal mortality and morbidity of women in Timor Leste include hight fertility rates (5.7 births per woman) directly related to a low proportion of women using modern contraceptives (40 percent from baseline data) Women in rural areas in Timor Leste also suffer from a low life expectancy and pregnant women generally suffer from high malnutrition. With your help, CARE Australia is working hard alongside the Ministry of Health, civil society partners and local leaders to address all these barriers by delivering strategic activities outlined within the project that aim to improve reproductive and maternal health behaviours and strengthen access, utilisation and provision of quality reproductive maternal health services.” [CARE report to WPF, 2015]
CARE Australia (CEO Julia Newton-Howes at left) provides the Secretariat for the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, a cross-party group of Australian Parliamentarians. In this photo are CEOs of lead overseas aid organisations, brought together at a PGPD function.