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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

A client speaks to an Marie Stopes International South Sudan worker about her contraceptive options
16 Jun 2014 | Family planning

Delivering for women in the face of adversity

While the volatile political and security situation in South Sudan continues, our programme there has continued to provide much...

Delivering for women in the face of adversity

Outreach clients hear about their contraceptive options
10 Jun 2014 | Family planning

Flexible approach proves a winning formula in Madagascar

Madagascar has been plagued by political and economic instability since a 2009 coup that resulted in the suspension of...

Flexible approach proves a winning formula in Madagascar

Outreach in Papua New Guinea
03 Jun 2014 | Maternal health

Family planning: Why it’s time we face up to the future

Where we work in Papua New Guinea everyone knows a woman who has died in childbirth. Availability and knowledge of...

Family planning: Why it’s time we face up to the future

USAID SIFPO award
23 May 2014 | Family planning

Marie Stopes International secures $74 million USAID award

Marie Stopes International is delighted to have been awarded a new five-year USAID Cooperative Agreement: Support for...

Marie Stopes International secures $74 million USAID award

Sion counselling a woman on her family planning options
20 May 2014 | Maternal health

Making Women Matter in Papua New Guinea

Sion Dage has dedicated her life to the reproductive health of women in Papua New Guinea. She has worked as a reproductive health nurse...

Making Women Matter in Papua New Guinea

Myanmar healthworker explains contraceptive options to clients
14 May 2014 | Family planning

The ‘Way Forward’ for mothers and babies in rural Myanmar

Ohn Twe is a village like many others in the aptly named “Dry Zone” of central Myanmar. Public services are few, the...

The ‘Way Forward’ for mothers and babies in rural Myanmar

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