High up in the Himalayan mountains, along crowded streets in West African towns or resting for a moment in the shade of a tree under the blazing sun. This is where we find the 'Avon Ladies' of sexual and reproductive health. A new generation of nurses and midwives who are using their local knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to break down barriers to contraceptive access by bringing services to the doorsteps of women in their communities – literally.
Dressed in a light blue uniform with a bright blue briefcase strapped to the back of her motorcycle, or carrying a bulging backpack between mountain towns, she goes door-to-door to deliver choice to women – wherever they are, and whatever their circumstances. She pushes the boundaries and challenge bias within her community to help others achieve their dreams. She is a Marie Stopes Lady.
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Can provide a young woman with the contraception of her choice from a Marie Stopes Lady
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Marie Stopes Ladies work in their communities to deliver choice to women
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.
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.
Our maternal health services support women who would otherwise have no choice but to give birth without properly skilled attendants or emergency obstetric care.