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MSI Senegal hosts African and European Members of Parliament

Thursday 20 August 2015 Marie Stopes International Young people Senegal

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Marie Stopes International Senegal demonstrated its impact to a delegation of African and European Members of Parliament this week.

Members of Parliament from Benin, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Belgium, Finland, France, Portugal and Spain were shown around the youth centre on the campus of the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar that provides sexual and reproductive health services free of charge to the 60,000 university students, as well people from the surrounding communities.

During their visit organised by the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit, the African Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development and the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, the MPs learnt about Marie Stopes International’s (MSI) impact in reaching young people and the importance of listening to their needs and adapting services accordingly by employing young midwives and peer educators. They also learnt about some of the challenges, including the cultural and societal taboos around being sexually active before marriage and gaining the trust of young people.

The delegation then visited the ‘Health and Well Being’ private clinic in the Pikine district of Dakar which has been part of the MSI Bluestar Franchise since 2012. They were greeted by the clinic owner Dr. Tamba Beauger who explained how MSI has supported the clinic to increase the choice of contraception services and ensure high quality care.

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