Contact our Niger support office to talk about our work.
Established in 2014, Niger is our newest country programme, and one that could have huge impact in a country that is projected to be the second most populous nation in West Africa by 2050.
Niger is facing daunting challenges as one of the poorest countries in the world. Having one of the highest maternal mortality rates and the highest fertility rate in the region, the fast growing population is increasingly young, with 50% being under the age of 15.
Within its population of 17.8 million people, the percentage of women using contraception is extremely low. Only 12.2% of women of reproductive age uses a modern method and figures for married women of reproductive age are even lower. Only 0.5% use long term or permanent methods, and condom use is close to non-existent.
The fast growing population of Niger is increasingly young, with 50% being under the age of 15.
At the request of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, we began assessment visits to Niger in 2013. From July 2014 we began delivering contraceptive services through mobile outreach teams and four Marie Stopes Ladies, allowing us to reach rural communities surrounding the city of Niamey.
Our first centre opened for services in July 2016 in Niamey, and we are looking to increase the capacity of Marie Stopes Niger to drive the success of our centre.
The government of Niger developed a National Action Plan for Family Planning in 2013 that sets ambitious goals of increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate in the country to 50% by 2020. Marie Stopes Niger is working closely with the government to achieve this goal, by working to increase demand and improving access to family planning services.
We aim to give more focus to our youth and advocacy activities, with Marie Stopes Niger working directly with young people and peer educators, and engaging existing youth centres to increase awareness, understanding and access to family planning information and contraception.
In 2016-2017, we plan to move our clinic and outreach services into the region of Maradi, which is one of the most densely populated areas of Niger. The area has a very weak health infrastructure and suffered heavily from the 2012 food crisis. We hope to reach people living in extreme poverty who would otherwise have no ability to plan their families and lives.
Marie Stopes International Australia has partnered with WaterAid Australia on an innovative new project, tackling important areas of adolescent girls’ health in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.
Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.Read more
In response to Mexico City Policy the Dutch government launches She Decides, a global fund designed to minimise the loss of USAID funding on reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.Read more
Marie Stopes UK has announced it will no longer charge Northern Irish women travelling to England for abortion, following a government commitment to fund their treatment through the Equalities Office.Read more
Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.Read more
The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Read more
MSI-US calls on donors to 'open the door' for women around the world, and support their Blue Door Fund. The Fund aims to help address the family planning funding gap created by the Mexico City Policy.Read more
Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.Read more
Marie Stopes International says meeting global demand for contraception is possible as a new Guttmacher Institute report shows first ever decrease in unmet need, from 225 million women to 214 million.Read more
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Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".Read more
Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.Read more
On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.Read more
A government scheme to provide free abortion services in England for women travelling from Northern Ireland has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners and Labour MP, Stella Creasy.Read more
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