About us

Our vision: a world in which every birth is wanted
Our mission: children by choice, not chance

Around the world, women trust Marie Stopes International to provide them with a full range of quality sexual and reproductive health services. Our expert teams offer a full range of methods of contraception, and provide women with access to safe abortion services (where legal) and post-abortion care.

Choice is fundamental to everything that we do. We respect the right of women to decide whether and when to have children. It’s about what is most suitable for each individual and for each couple; we give them the information they need to make their own choices.

Reaching the under-served

We’re committed to offering our services to the most under-served communities through over 600 centres, the 4,100 private providers who belong to our franchise networks, and our outreach teams – doctors, nurses and drivers - who travel out to hard to reach areas in more than 30,000 locations.

By increasing people’s ability to access sexual and reproductive health services where they live, we are able to help the 225 million women in the developing world who do not have access to modern forms of contraception. We’re part of the worldwide effort to reduce the 289,000 maternal deaths that happen each year, and to prevent the 20 million unsafe abortions that claim the lives of 47,000 women annually.

Working in partnership

We can’t do it all on our own. Partnership with others is a cornerstone of our work.  We work closely with existing private healthcare providers, with governments, other aid agencies, academic institutions and NGOs. Together we deliver services, strengthen national health systems, provide training, improve health policies, and share expertise. All of this is essential for building sustainable services that will help people to safely manage their health, their families and their futures.

Our impact

We believe that we should be held accountable for the impact that our work has, not simply the amount of work that we do. We have developed innovative tools to do this, like Impact 2 – a mathematical model which allows us to measure the impact of our work and the wider social and economic benefits of offering access to family planning.

Using Impact 2 we know that our work in 2015 prevented:

  • 6.3 million unintended pregnancies
  • 18,100 maternal deaths
  • 4 million unsafe abortions

Read more about our impact in 2015.

Key resources

Global Impact Report 2015

Global Impact Report 2014

Global Impact Report 2013: The client as our compass

Global Impact Report 2012: Reaching the under-served

Global Impact Report 2011: Delivering choice and rights for women: past, present and future

Global Impact Report 2010: Expanding choices and access for women globally

Global Impact Report 2009

Financial Statements for 2015

Financial Statements for 2014

Financial Statements for 2013

Financial Statements for 2012

Financial Statements for 2011

MSI IATI Data (Xml file)


We are a global organisation that serves millions of people around the world, employs thousands of people, and manages over two hundred million pounds. We depend on talented, skilled professionals to maintain the highest governance and clinical standards possible, and to make the best use of our funds.

While we do not attempt to match corporate packages we need to attract the right talent and leadership skills to ensure that Marie Stopes International can continue to improve and deliver on its services, for the women and men we serve, who numbered 18.1 million in 2014.