CARE was founded in 1945 when 22 American organizations came together to rush lifesaving CARE Packages to survivors of World War II. CARE is now a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. For more than 50 years, they have worked in countries with some of the highest maternal mortality rates and some of the highest unmet needs for family planning services to improve health and reduce maternal and newborn mortality by improving the coverage, quality and equity of health services available to women, children and families, and affecting policies to ensure safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right. CARE believes that access to quality sexual, reproductive and maternal health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Improving sexual, reproductive and maternal health is, therefore, central to our commitment to gender equality and to reducing global poverty.