Modern family planning is arguably one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century, it enables couples to choose the timing, number and spacing of children, and can prevent pregnancy and birth complications that are a leading cause of death for women in developing countries. However, over 1 in 5 women in Africa are unable to choose the number and timings of births. We seek to enable women to realise their rights, averting unintended pregnancies.
By 2050 the global population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people, an increase of more than 50% over 2005 levels. We recognise that every unintended pregnancy exacerbates health inequalities for women and children, puts pressure on social services and resources and contributes to the global burden of disease, environmental degradation, poverty and conflict. We believe focussing our efforts in some of the world’s most fragile rural areas, where there is unmet need and limited access to health services as well as huge pressure on natural resources, is the best investment we can make for families, communities and the environment.
Our Unique Approach
In order for our vision to be realised, all women and men need to know about and have access to quality basic healthcare including voluntary family planning in fragile rural environments. To implement this, we work through carefully selected local partners and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in such environments to design, develop and deliver our programmes, which integrate basic community health (including family planning) and natural resource management. Through our programmatic model:
- We provide high quality basic health education (including family planning) at household level by trained Community Health Workers.
- We fund high quality basic health services (including family planning) through mobile outreach clinics in rural communities in partnership with Ministry of Health clinicians.
- Our partners and the communities they work in identify local environmental issues and develop and implement projects that address these.
- CHASE Africa provides technical assistance, project management support remotely and face to face; we also create opportunities to share learning between our partner organisations.