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Marie Stopes Ethiopia
Kirkos Sub City, Woreda 02, House No.174
P.O. Box 5775
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
+251 115184300

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Marie Stopes Ethiopia

We have been working in Ethiopia for 25 years, delivering family planning and reproductive health services to millions of low income and under-served women and men across the country.

We work closely with the Government of Ethiopia and other partners to help reduce maternal mortality rates by increasing access to quality sexual and reproductive health services.

Marie Stopes Ethiopia provides long-acting and permanent methods through 10 mobile outreach teams that target hard to reach areas in the country.

What we do in Ethiopia

We provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services through a network of centres, more than 500 socially franchised private clinics, and outreach. Our outreach teams target hard to reach clients in the three most populated regions of Ethiopia. Services are provided at over 200 sites, are fully subsidised and offered free to clients who would not otherwise be able to afford them.

The services we provide across Ethiopia include general medical consultation, short, long-acting and permanent methods of contraception, family planning counselling, pre- and post-natal care, child health checks, free condom provision, voluntary testing and counselling on HIV, and STI screening and treatment.

In 2015, our team in Ethiopia delivered family planning, safe abortion and maternal health services to approximately 912,000 clients through centres, and reached the same number of clients through the social franchise network, BlueStar.

In addition to this, Marie Stopes Ethiopia operates a helpline that receives more than 6,000 phone calls per month, around 80% of which are young people aged 20-29 years old. They call seeking advice on contraception, safe abortion and other topics surrounding their sexual health.  

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Advertised as a family planning success story and model for other African countries, Marie Stopes Ethiopia, the Government of Ethiopia and other partners have dramatically increased the country’s contraceptive prevalence rate through co-ordinated and sustained efforts over several decades.

Marie Stopes Ethiopia is one of the Government's key partners in attaining its healthcare goals. Active in the country for almost 25 years, our clinical leadership in family planning and geographic footprint across the country have helped to increase support for, and access to, contraceptive methods in both the public and private sectors.

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Our impact in Ethiopia

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

DFID increases funding for reproductive healthcare

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a major funding commitment for sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights projects between 2020 and 2025.

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Abortion is decriminalised in Northern Ireland

In a momentous victory for pro-choice campaigners, and healthcare professionals, women in Northern Ireland were this morning legally able to access abortion care at home for the first time.

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Friday 11 October 2019

Meet the teens taking control of their futures

Being a teenager can be exciting and fun, but as we mark International Day of the Girl, we know that too many girls still don’t have the tools they need to control their own lives, bodies and health.

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Thursday 23 February 2017

Pop-up clinics in India

Our outreach teams in India are expanding access to long-term contraception, and helping women plan their families and futures, by setting up temporary clinics.

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Monday 10 July 2017

Mariam Haruna

"We had to run. All the pain of running is more than the pain of this insertion."

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Monday 12 September 2016

Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Mary Kaifineh

I became a nurse because I strongly believe that it is one of the most significant ways of serving humanity.

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Friday 17 November 2017

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram - all in a day's work. But despite the many dangers, the team demonstrates a total commitment to the mission and improving the lives of their compatriots.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Lizzie Banda – Marie Stopes Zambia nurse

I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Scola Daffi Akonaay – outreach client

I didn’t know about the clinic before today. I came here for my baby to be vaccinated and saw that they were offering family planning services.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Jane Vika Alfayo – young client

I didn’t want to give birth. I just felt like I wanted to abort my pregnancy, as I was in school, I was young, and I didn’t know how to take care of a baby.

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Friday 04 May 2018

Faith Mwanret Pyentim - Outreach nurse

"I like this job because it is an avenue to help women, which is something I am passionate about."

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Monday 12 September 2016

Dina Appiah

Without Marie Stopes I don’t know where I would be, maybe I’d be dead.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Naomi Mwansa – young client

I was scared to go to prison. I was worried about the number of years I would spend there. I was really scared.

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Friday 08 March 2019

Introducing the 'Avon Ladies' of contraception

Not all heroes wear a cape. Sometimes they wear pale blue overalls and go from door to door carrying a blue briefcase.

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Monday 10 July 2017

Chap Si Yim

“I don’t need to worry about unwanted pregnancy and I can keep working to support my family.”

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Friday 11 May 2018

Bárbara Pérez - Midwife Project Coordinator

I believe that planning and using contraceptive methods helps a lot socially, economically, and especially in health.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

Rekha Rokhaya

Rekha is a call handler for Marie Stopes Nepal’s free helpline, she describes the work as "breaking down barriers."

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Monday 10 July 2017

Oeun Vichara

"The women who make the clothes at this factory rely on the money they earn here to support their families. They can’t afford to take time out if they fall pregnant."

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Thursday 01 August 2019

Empower women to lead climate crisis solutions

What happens when women are empowered to lead climate crisis solutions? Our team in Zambia is exploring new ways of building more resilient communities.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Philomena – young client

I want to learn how to sew clothes so I can make money and take care of my children. Having the implant will give me time to learn.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

Margaret Louve

“Having many children was never part of my plan,” says Margaret Louve, but a lack of consistent contraceptive uptake meant she became trapped in a succession of unplanned pregnancies.

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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Delivering for every woman

“I am tired, the suffering is too much. There is peace here, but no money.”

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Thursday 02 August 2018

Mary Benjamin

Watching nursing officer Mary Benjamin, it’s easy to see why she has chosen this vocation. In a small room crowded with young women at the Marie Stopes Bajaj youth club she takes centre stage.

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Meet the women defying Trump’s Global Gag Rule

When President Trump re-enacted the Global Gag Rule in January 2017, the intention was to cut off pro-choice organisations like Marie Stopes International at the knees.

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Monday 10 July 2017

Umah Dumbuya

"Getting an education was my dream, and taking contraception has allowed me to pursue that."

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Friday 19 January 2018

Annie Ramasy

Annie Ramasy travels for up to six hours every day to provide family planning services to women in rural, isolated communities in Madagascar.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

Sister Laeticia Dlovo

Since joining Marie Stopes South Africa in 1998, Sister Laeticia - known as Ma Letty - has seen the country liberalise its abortion law and make tremendous improvements in maternal health.

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Friday 20 January 2017

Kudzai’s story

Kudzai Mujuru has always dreamed of becoming a nurse. When she fell pregnant aged 17, she was forced to put those dreams on hold.

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Aminata Kabba

“Having a child at my age was a big mistake. But with contraception, I am empowered to return to school and proceed to college to achieve my dreams.”

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Thursday 08 March 2018

Meet the women pushing for change in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, our extraordinary courageous and determined Marie Stopes Ladies are quietly but steadily pushing for change.

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Wednesday 08 March 2017

No woman left behind

Photos capture the lives and realities of the women we serve.

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