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Youth education in Myanmar
16 Oct 2014 | Family planning

Spirit festivals to smartphones: HIV prevention in Myanmar

Our team in Myanmar's work with men who have sex with men, sex workers and young people, shows that adapting and innovating services is key to reaching the most stigmatised and at-risk groups for HIV infection.

Every August, tens of thousands gather in Taung Pyone in central Myanmar for the famous nat pwe spirit festival, where spirit brothers are reputed to grant wealth and good fortune.

Nat pwe is also known for drawing one of Myanmar’s most stigmatised and at-risk groups for HIV infection, men who have sex with men (MSM). This group has the second highest HIV prevalence in Myanmar (7.8% versus 0.6% for the general population) due to the highly restrictive legal environment and deep-seated stigma and secrecy.

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Our team in Myanmar's work with men who have sex with men, sex workers and young people, shows that adapting and innovating services is key to reaching the most stigmatised and at-risk groups for HIV infection.

Spirit festivals to smartphones: HIV prevention in Myanmar

Marie Stopes with nurses
15 Oct 2014 | Family planning

Celebrating Marie Stopes' birthday

15th October marks the birthday of the woman whose pioneering spirit we carry forward today.

Celebrating Marie Stopes' birthday

Mongolian delegation
01 Oct 2014 | Family planning

Mongolian government delegation visits Marie Stopes International...

We were delighted to host a visit from a delegation of Mongolian parliamentarians, government...

Mongolian government delegation visits Marie Stopes International on UK study tour

World Contraception Day 2014
26 Sep 2014 | Young people

This World Contraception Day, it’s Time to Act

Today is World Contraception Day, a day to break down the taboos surrounding sex and educate young people on the importance of...

This World Contraception Day, it’s Time to Act

Time to act
22 Sep 2014 | Safe abortion and post-abortion care

Time to act: we can and must do more to save women's lives

This week, world leaders meet in New York to discuss the future of global development. We want to remind them, and...

Time to act: we can and must do more to save women's lives

Family planning clients
22 Sep 2014 | Family planning

COMMENT: How can we make women count when the numbers don't...

It's an inconvenient truth to those who are allegedly 'pro-life' that millions of women...

COMMENT: How can we make women count when the numbers don't add up?

22 Sep 2014 | Safe abortion and post-abortion care

What does unsafe abortion really mean?

Our teams frequently encounter women suffering the effects of unsafe abortion. Learn more about the causes and shocking consequences in our...

What does unsafe abortion really mean?

The pill
19 Sep 2014 | Family planning

COMMENT: When it comes to contraception, older isn't...

Genevieve Edwards from Marie Stopes UK argues that women who don't fit the footloose twenty...

COMMENT: When it comes to contraception, older isn't necessarily wiser

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

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