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Unsafe abortion
18 Aug 2014 | Safe abortion and post-abortion care

COMMENT: The truth about “unsafe” abortion

Maybe the truth’s just too much for people. That’s what I think sometimes, when the pain and anger subsides. There are times when the truth about “unsafe” abortion is too much for me too. Often it keeps me up at night.

Like the time we had to help a terrified young schoolgirl who took a chokorboma to solve her problem. Someone gave it to her because that was the way they did abortions there but she could have had no idea what the reality would be. Made from a glass coke bottle and filled with god only knows what, the chokorboma literally exploded within her, rupturing her insides and burning her inside out. Her body was left unrecognisable.

I have never seen anything like it. It was horrifying. Heart-wrenching. Screaming and...

Maybe the truth’s just too much for people. That’s what I think sometimes, when the pain and anger subsides. There are times when the truth about “unsafe” abortion is too much for me too. Often it keeps me up at night.

COMMENT: The truth about “unsafe” abortion

Unsafe abortion
18 Aug 2014 | Safe abortion and post-abortion care

VIDEO: The reality of "unsafe" abortion

Did you know that every year nearly 22 million unsafe abortions take place around the world? That's 22 million times that...

VIDEO: The reality of "unsafe" abortion

South Sudanese woman with baby
08 Aug 2014 | Family planning

Life-saving services in South Sudan

It is estimated that South Sudan has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. So while political unrest continues, our...

Life-saving services in South Sudan

Ethiopia health worker speaks with a client
05 Aug 2014 | Maternal health

Ethiopia: an MDG success story

Ethiopia has made incredible progress over the last 11 years in increasing access to family planning. This has come in tandem with strong progress...

Ethiopia: an MDG success story

Family planning counselling session in Mynamar
30 Jul 2014 | Family planning

COMMENT: Six institutional obstacles to advances in family planning

Founders of Marie Stopes International and DKT International reveal what they think are the six institutional...

COMMENT: Six institutional obstacles to advances in family planning

Diana
14 Feb 2014 | Maternal health

Counselling helps Diana to make a life-changing decision

After receiving counselling from Marie Stopes International Ghana, Diana chose to continue her pregnancy, giving birth to...

Counselling helps Diana to make a life-changing decision

Marie Stopes workers in Tanzania
13 Feb 2014 | Family planning

Marie Stopes Tanzania uses 25th anniversary to call for action for...

Marie Stopes Tanzania is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new song and a call...

Marie Stopes Tanzania uses 25th anniversary to call for action for young people

Women wait for family planning services at an outreach clinic in Kenya
11 Feb 2014 | Family planning

Vocal local: managing pain in resource-poor settings

Our research study looking at the effectiveness of 'vocal local' as a pain management technique has been published...

Vocal local: managing pain in resource-poor settings

Client receives implant
07 Feb 2014 | Family planning

Implants in Africa: how we increased our impact nine-fold in five...

Between 2008 and 2012, we scaled up voluntary access to contraceptive implants in 15 sub-Saharan African...

Implants in Africa: how we increased our impact nine-fold in five years

Sarah Opendi FRESH Campaign Launch
31 Jan 2014 | Young people

A FRESH way of reaching young people

Reaching young people is one of the challenges of our work. The words “family planning” don't always resonate with young people, yet if...

A FRESH way of reaching young people

Melinda Gates speaks with Senegalese youth at focus group arranged by Marie Stopes International Senegal
21 Jan 2014 | Family planning

The reason why we think Bill and Melinda Gates got it so right in...

In this year's annual letter, the Gates skilfully debunk some of the most common myths...

The reason why we think Bill and Melinda Gates got it so right in their annual letter

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