The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.
The re-opening is a fantastic result for the programme and the local community, as it will enable them to bring reproductive choice to thousands more women in the city and across Sabaragamuwa Province.
During the clinic’s two year closure, the Sri Lanka team worked hard to build strong relationships with the government, local and national health authorities, and the clergy. The team also worked on awareness programmes, including working with the Women Development Officers based at the Government Agent's office.
The clinic’s second opening ceremony was blessed by clergy from various faiths. Attendees included government representatives, Provincial Director of Health, Head Quarters Inspector of Police, Provincial Councillors and many more.
Our programme in Sri Lanka has been providing sexual and reproductive health services to some of the country’s most vulnerable people since 1983. Now thanks to the team’s hard work and dedication, these essential services will now be available to the people of Ratnapura.