The Board of Trustees presents its report and the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2012.
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, the provision of analgesics during tubal ligation procedures can be expensive, subject to frequent stock-outs, and associated with potential side effects.
Marie Stopes International successfully provides and increases access to long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods of family planning through task sharing to lower level providers in Uganda and in other country programmes. Task sharing is now widely acknowledged as a key strategy for addressing the critical shortage of health providers that affects healthcare in many low income and rural areas.
There is a vast unmet contraceptive need in sub-Saharan Africa, a region that has a high fertility rate coupled with a desire among women to space and limit their number of births.
Task sharing is the process of enabling lay and mid-level healthcare professionals – such as nurses, midwives, clinical officers and community health workers – to provide clinical tasks and procedures safely that would otherwise be restricted to higher level cadres. It can be a vital strategy in overcoming the shortage of doctors in many countries.