In South Asia, women and girls from marginalized communities bear the greatest burden of poor sexual and reproductive health due to their disadvantaged social status and limited educational and economic opportunities. A significant proportion of girls are forced into early marriages and early and frequent pregnancies while lacking access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services.
Building on more than 15 years of work in the region, the South Asia subprogram works to expand access to and improve the quality of voluntary family planning and contraception, safe abortion care, gender-responsive comprehensive sexuality education, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.
What We Fund
The South Asia subprogram aims to:
- Improve access to voluntary family planning and contraception services for women and young people with an emphasis on quality of care;
- Scale up innovative approaches to gender-responsive comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services for young people;
- Improve access to safe abortion with a focus on reducing barriers to access;
- Support evidence-informed advocacy, particularly youth-led efforts to increase political and financial commitment to quality-focused sexual and reproductive health programs.
In South Asia, we make deep investments in Bihar, India; support a multi-donor initiative in Karachi, Pakistan; and make targeted investments in Uttar Pradesh, India and Myanmar. We also support regional research and advocacy initiatives. We do not fund programs in other South Asian countries.
We work in South Asia to expand access to and improve the quality of family planning and contraception, gender responsive comprehensive sexuality education, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion care.