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Because every woman should be able to determine her own future.

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Today, over 30 million women around the world are protected by a contraceptive method provided by us.

Our impact in 2018

Despite continued challenges imposed by the re-enactment of the US administration's Global Gag Rule, and rising opposition to a woman's right to a safe abortion, in 2018 we continued to deliver for the millions of women who rely on our services to build the life they want.

In 2018, we went further than ever, across mountains, over rivers, on roads less travelled to provide high quality, safe services to women and girls, when and where they need them. Our programmes in sub-Saharan Africa alone travelled nearly 12 million kilometres throughout the year, that's the equivalent of flying to the moon and back - 15 times!

Today, there are over 30 million women around the world who can continue on their chosen path knowing they are being protected from an unintended pregnancy by a contraceptive method provided by us, resulting in:

  • 12.3 million unintended pregnancies prevented
  • 6.4 million unsafe abortions averted
  • 32,046 maternal deaths averted


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How we help

We are on the ground in 37 countries around the world, going the last mile to deliver practical solutions and life-changing services.


We’re working tirelessly to expand access to high quality and modern contraception, and to offer the widest range of methods in every country we operate in, so that every woman we meet can choose the method that is right for her.

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Safe abortion & post-abortion care

In the countries where we're legally permitted to do so, we help women to safely end their pregnancies. We also provide immediate, life-saving care for women suffering from unsafe abortion and miscarriage.

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Maternal health

Our maternal health services support women who would otherwise have no choice but to give birth without properly skilled attendants or emergency obstetric care.

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Meet the women defying Trump’s Global Gag Rule

When President Trump re-enacted the Global Gag Rule in January 2017, the intention was to cut off pro-choice organisations like Marie Stopes International at the knees.

When she decides...

The world is better, stronger and safer. On the first ever SheDecides Day we want to highlight some of the incredibly strong women we have met, whose stories linger with us.

Delivering for every woman

“I am tired, the suffering is too much. There is peace here, but no money.”

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram - all in a day's work. But despite the many dangers, the team demonstrates a total commitment to the mission and improving the lives of their compatriots.

Umah Dumbuya

"Getting an education was my dream, and taking contraception has allowed me to pursue that."

Annie Ramasy

Annie Ramasy travels for up to six hours every day to provide family planning services to women in rural, isolated communities in Madagascar.

Chap Si Yim

“I don’t need to worry about unwanted pregnancy and I can keep working to support my family.”

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

Naomi Mwansa – young client

I was scared to go to prison. I was worried about the number of years I would spend there. I was really scared.

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

Afride Lyatuu – Marie Stopes Tanzania nurse

My job is good. It makes me happy. I like to be out here helping women and saving lives.

Lizzie Banda – Marie Stopes Zambia nurse

I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

Sister Laeticia Dlovo

Since joining Marie Stopes South Africa in 1998, Sister Laeticia - known as Ma Letty - has seen the country liberalise its abortion law and make tremendous improvements in maternal health.

Margaret Louve

“Having many children was never part of my plan,” says Margaret Louve, but a lack of consistent contraceptive uptake meant she became trapped in a succession of unplanned pregnancies.

Mariam Haruna

"We had to run. All the pain of running is more than the pain of this insertion."

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