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UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

Friday 20 November 2015 Marie Stopes International Contraception, Policy and advocacy Sri Lanka

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This month the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health visited our programme in Sri Lanka, Population Services Lanka (PSL).

The APPG’s visit was an opportunity for the group to see a programme that is rapidly expanding, and is successfully targeting vulnerable and hard to reach groups.

The APPG group included:

  • Baroness Jenny Tonge
  • Baroness Anne Jenkin
  • Lord David Steel
  • Heather Wheeler MP
  • Holly Lynch MP
  • Nigel Evans MP
  • Virendra Sharma MP
  • Karl Turner MP

The group visited our clinic in Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, where they were welcomed by PSL’s Country Director, Dr. Ajith Mendis. Dr. Gunalan, the Medical Officer in charge of the clinic, talked about the sexual and reproductive health services available – including IUDs, implants, injectables, the pill and condoms. The clinic also offers screening for cervical and breast cancer.

The APPG had the opportunity to speak to women who were waiting for cancer screening. They also witnessed an awareness-raising session about using condoms alongside long acting methods, for protection against STIs and unplanned pregnancy.

The APPG visit will help strengthen the relationship between Marie Stopes International and the Sri Lankan government, helping towards a sustainable future for reproductive health services in the country.

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