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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

Marie Stopes International clinic
26 Mar 2014 | Family planning

Marie Stopes International’s response to new NICE guidance on...

Director of Policy at Marie Stopes UK Genevieve Edwards responds to new NICE guidance on...

Marie Stopes International’s response to new NICE guidance on emergency contraception

Dhaka, Bangladesh
18 Mar 2014 | Family planning

Carrying on through political unrest

Bangladesh held its general election in January after a year of heightened political tension. The violence and unrest that afflicted the...

Carrying on through political unrest

Woman from Ethiopia
10 Mar 2014 | Maternal health

Women's right to health and wellbeing

On International Women's day, Glenys Kinnock delivered a speech to The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on '...

Women's right to health and wellbeing

Counselling on contraception
06 Mar 2014 | Family planning

How can we ensure contraceptive information and services succeed in...

In a guest blog, WHO's Marleen Temmerman, advocates women's reproductive rights...

How can we ensure contraceptive information and services succeed in supporting rights?

Women inspiring change
03 Mar 2014 | Family planning

Celebrating women inspiring change for International Women’s Day

In the run up to International Women’s Day, we will be celebrating the extraordinary efforts of 12 women (and...

Celebrating women inspiring change for International Women’s Day

Client receives family planning counselling in Myanmar
26 Feb 2014 | Family planning

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

The team at the Char Mya Thar Si clinic in Myanmar had braced themselves for a busy day. Not only was it a Friday, one of the centre’s most...

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

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