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Global Impact Report 2016: The First Step

If the world is serious about ending poverty, access to contraception and safe abortion is the first step.

We take many things for granted: access to water and food, education, security, healthcare.

For many of the world’s poorest, these basic requirements are still all too scarce and the global community is rightly focused on establishing sustainable access to these most basic of needs.

Imagine then, having to provide for yourself and your family without any means of preventing an unplanned pregnancy. For millions of women and men in the poorest communities, contraceptives and safe abortion are either not available or of such poor quality that women and girls have little choice but to have a child they don’t want or cannot support.

All too many resort to dangerous and unsafe methods of abortion. 21.6 million of them. Every year.

When we provide contraception to the women and men who need it most, we are giving them freedom to support their families, to continue with education, to work and grow, and to plan for the future. These are the pillars to lift them out of poverty.

When we choose to help them to access safe abortion services, we don’t make a political statement or decide what is right or wrong. We help them to stay safe and to return to their communities. When a woman needs post-abortion care following a backstreet abortion, we know that this is a health emergency, and never turn her away.

Marie Stopes International has the knowledge, the expertise and the capability to provide contraception to every one of the 214 million women worldwide who currently have no access. It is cheap, incredibly effective and unlike many of the toughest global issues, can easily be delivered.

Help us to make this happen.

When we provide contraception to the women and men who need it most, we are giving them freedom to support their families, to continue with education, to work and grow, and to plan for the future. These are the pillars to lift them out of poverty.

Our global impact at a glance

In 2016, our work across 37 countries reached more women and men than ever before.

More than 25.4 million women and their partners were using a method of contraception provided by us, an increase of more than 20% on the previous year. We provided 3.6 million safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

The majority of our clients choose long-acting or permanent methods of contraception that will protect them from unintended pregnancy for long periods of time.

In many of the countries where we work, Marie Stopes International is the only provider of these methods. In 2016, around 80% of those using contraception provided by us were using a long-acting or permanent method.

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Sections in Global Impact Report 2016: The First Step

Navigate through the sections to read our full report, and learn how we delivered impact in 2016.

Section 1: Preventing unintended pregnancy

See how and why we make contraception and safe abortion services core components of our reproductive healthcare package.

Read SECTION 1

Section 2: Reducing unsafe abortion

See how we support a woman at every step of her abortion decision, and reduce the chance she'll undergo an unsafe abortion.

Read SECTION 2

Section 3: Bridging the gap

See how we're working to bridge gaps in abortion knowledge, and tackle challenges around attitudes and safe points of access.

Read SECTION 3

Section 4: Our impact in 2016

See graphs and statistics that explain Marie Stopes International's global impact in 2016.

Read SECTION 4