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Villa 9513
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Senegal
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Marie Stopes Senegal

Operating in a context with a low contraception prevalence rate of just 12.2%, high maternal mortality rate and high unmet need for family planning, Marie Stopes Senegal has been working tirelessly since 2011 to improve access to services across the country.

We are working in close collaboration with the government of Senegal to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services through different strategies.

We were also the first reproductive health organisation in Senegal to engage with the private sector through social franchising, and are one of the few organisations to provide family planning services through both centres and social franchising.

Mobile outreach breaking down barriers

Marie Stopes Senegal's mobile outreach model is a demonstrated and effective approach for increasing access to family planning services for remote and rural communities.

Our team in Senegal runs nine mobile outreach teams covering most of the country's regions. In a region with a high unmet need for family planning services and limited awareness and acceptance of them, Marie Stopes Senegal began delivering high quality information and counselling together with voluntary short and long-acting contraception.

In Senegal our mobile teams also provide a broader range of services to increase access and to reduce the stigma of visiting mobile outreach sites for women, given existing cultural and religious barriers. Thanks to outreach, many women in Senegal now have access to contraception that they otherwise would not have had.

In 2005 only an estimated 1% of Senegalese women were using modern methods of contraception, including long-acting and reversible contraception (LARC) methods. From June 2014 to June 2015, our mobile teams delivered services to 10,035 women - 55% of which had never used a modern method of family planning before, and 95% of which chose a LARC method.

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Reaching young people

In recent years, Senegal has made great strides increasing access to modern contraception methods. However, unmet need among key urban populations remains high; standing at 70% for unmarried young people, for example - one of the highest rates in the world.

32% of Senegalese girls have begun childbearing by the age of 18, and young people in Senegal lack access to accurate sex education and ability to choose what contraceptive method to use, partly due to general stigmatisation of sex before marriage.

In efforts to reach Senegalese youth, Marie Stopes Senegal has established six youth-oriented centres in the country's main universities. The centres provided over 14,000 people with contraception and sexual health services between October 2013 and May 2015.

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Friday 26 May 2017

MSI Australia and WaterAid partner on new project.

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.

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

World Contraception Day 2017

Ten years on from the first ever World Contraception Day, millions of girls are still being robbed of their life chances by being denied contraception.

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Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

The First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa took place on 26-27 November, hosted by the Zambian Government in Lusaka.

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Thursday 02 March 2017

Government of Canada pledges $4m to Marie Stopes

Canada has pledged $4 million funding to Marie Stopes International during the She Decides International Conference in Brussels.

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Friday 01 July 2016

Reconfirming our FP2020 pledge

Following the FP2020 Reference Group meeting this week, Marie Stopes International is today reconfirming its pledge to provide 12 million additional users with a long-term method of contraception.

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Thursday 20 August 2015

MSI Senegal hosts African and European MPs

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

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

MSI staff shortlisted for family planning award

A whole host of Marie Stopes International team members have been nominated for 2017's 120 under 40 family planning award.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

UK Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish

Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.

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Friday 25 September 2015

World Contraception Day 2015

As we prepare to mark World Contraception Day on 26 September 2015, we’re urging action to ensure young people know their contraceptive options.

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Monday 23 January 2017

Re-enactment of the Mexico City Policy

Marie Stopes International warns that women in developing countries will pay the price for the Mexico City Policy with thousands more maternal deaths every year.

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Thursday 19 October 2017

Comment: What our mission means to me

"The mission is one of those things one doesn’t appreciate the presence of, but would immediately and keenly feel the absence of."

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Celebrating reaching our 100 millionth client

This year, somewhere in the world, we will reach our 100 millionth client. Every one of our 100 million clients has a different story. Women like Agathe Dao from Mali.

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

One year on: the effects of the Global Gag Rule

One year ago today, President Trump re-enacted a policy that ultimately prevents women around the world from accessing life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

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Monday 10 July 2017

MSUK remove abortion fees for Northern Irish women

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.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

She Decides: A glimmer of hope for women and girls

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.

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Friday 03 March 2017

Governments step up for reproductive rights

Governments and philanthropists pledged €181 million for family planning at the She Decides conference, following the US administration’s decision to re-impose the Mexico City Policy.

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Monday 12 June 2017

MS Nigeria celebrates tasksharing advocacy win

Marie Stopes Nigeria has successfully advocated for all newly qualified community health workers to receive training to insert and remove contraceptive implants and IUDs.

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Friday 18 November 2016

World Vasectomy Day: challenging misconceptions

Vasectomy is simple, safe and cost-effective, but misconceptions and cultural barriers mean uptake is still extremely low. World Vasectomy Day is hoping to change that.

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Monday 20 February 2017

30 years of family planning in Malawi

2017 marks 30 years since Marie Stopes International started its programme in Malawi - Banja La Mtsogolo - providing services to refugees fleeing the armed conflict in neighbouring Mozambique.

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

Over 150 people came together at Women Deliver 2016 to hear an expert panel share their practical experiences and solutions from their work tackling unsafe abortion.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

At the end of April 2015, our programmes in Senegal and Niger hosted visits from donors and other key stakeholders of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Team members recognised as family planning leaders

Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

This week, Marie Stopes International marks 40 Years of providing women all over the world with the services they need to have children by choice, not chance.

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Friday 23 March 2018

New report from Guttmacher released

On 20th March 2018, Guttmacher Institute released a report that highlights the ongoing disparities in abortion rates and access to safe abortion services in developed and developing regions.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

MSI statement on Guttmacher / WHO study

The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014.

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Wednesday 05 April 2017

Media statement on US withdrawing funding to UNFPA

The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team.

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

In West Africa the number of women using a modern contraceptive method can be as low as one in 10, the average number of children is five and maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the worst.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe.

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Tuesday 27 June 2017

MSI-US launches Blue Door Fund to reach new donors

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.

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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

Marie Stopes International will be taking part in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia, 9-12 November 2015.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

MSI joins Financing for Development Conference

Key players in funding for development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Megan Elliott as Vice President, Strategy and Development.

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

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

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

A new report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released Thursday 12th November shows an unprecedented number of the world's poorest women and girls - 290.6 million.

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Marie Stopes International appoints new Chair

Marie Stopes International announces the appointment of Suzanna Taverne as Chair of its Board of Trustees.

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House - Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first ever family planning services in Europe.

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Monday 05 October 2015

Ratnapura clinic in Sri Lanka re-opens

The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.

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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.

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Monday 14 September 2015

Polish anti-abortion bill rejected

On Friday 11 September, a draft bill attempting to ban access to legal abortion in all cases was rejected by the Polish Parliament.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

Pope to temporarily allow forgiveness for abortion

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".

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Thursday 24 September 2015

MSI comment on self-injectable contraceptive to UK

Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.

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Friday 20 November 2015

COMMENT: What does it mean to tell a story?

In 2015, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marie Stopes International-US worked with teams and clients to gather stories that would engage and inspire.

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Monday 30 November 2015

MSI comments on Northern Ireland abortion law

The Belfast High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's current abortion legislation is "incompatible with human rights".

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

MSI comment on Pope Francis statement on abortion

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".

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

New WHO guideline could reduce abortion death toll

On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.

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Thursday 29 June 2017

New report shows first ever decrease in unmet need

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.

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Friday 15 December 2017

Nigeria releases 'watershed' task sharing report

Marie Stopes Nigeria has published new research showing the safety and efficacy of Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) providing long-acting reversible contraception.

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Monday 29 February 2016

Scottish Secretary of State Visits Malawi Clinic

Scottish Secretary of State, David Mundell has commended the collaborative partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) and Marie Stopes Malawi.

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Friday 21 July 2017

Announcement of structural changes

Marie Stopes International is making a number of structural changes that will help the organisation to reach more women with the contraceptive and safe abortion services they want and need.

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Friday 19 January 2018

Trump’s Global Gag Rule one year on

One year on from President Trump’s re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule, the loss of funding has left Marie Stopes International with a funding gap of nearly US$80m (£60m).

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Tuesday 05 December 2017

Marie Stopes announces closure of Belfast clinic

Marie Stopes UK announces that it is closing its independent clinic in Belfast, following the UK Government’s move to fund abortion treatment for Northern Irish women.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017

Media statement: Ealing Council PSPO

This ground-breaking move by Ealing Council sets a national precedent for ending the harassment of women using legal healthcare services.

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Marie Stopes UK statement: CQC inspection report

Media statement about the Care Quality Commission inspection reports on Marie Stopes UK.

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Sunday 05 March 2017

Media statement: Daily Mail report of Marie Stopes

“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Campaigners welcome government scheme for NI women

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.

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Friday 20 October 2017

Daily Mail article statement

The article's key claim is categorically untrue and the the article also includes a number of further incorrect claims about Marie Stopes UK.

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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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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

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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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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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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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

Afride Lyatuu – Marie Stopes Tanzania nurse

My job is good. It makes me happy. I like to be out here helping women and saving lives.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Willy Olomi – Marie Stopes Tanzania driver

I love my job because I have learned so many things that I didn’t know before.

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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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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

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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Monday 12 September 2016

Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

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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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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

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

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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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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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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Monday 12 September 2016

Elizabeth Pappoe – Marie Stopes Ghana team member

I enjoy maternal and reproductive health a lot, as women are special.

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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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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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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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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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Friday 02 March 2018

When she decides...

The world is better, stronger and safer. On the first ever SheDecides Day we want to highlight some of the incredibly strong women we have met, whose stories linger with us.

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Wednesday 14 June 2017

Christiana Kposowa

Christiana planned on going to university but, with two small babies already, falling pregnant a third time was the last thing she needed.

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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 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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