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Contact our South Africa support office to talk about our work.

Marie Stopes South Africa
91 Bree Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa
+27 021 422 4096

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Marie Stopes South Africa

Established in 1993, Marie Stopes South Africa is the largest non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the country, delivering services through centres across six regions.

Our team are committed to improving the lives of women and communities in South Africa, working to avert unsafe abortions, decrease the number of unwanted pregnancies, and reduce the impact of HIV and STIs.

What we do in South Africa

The majority of our services in South Africa are delivered through static centres and early medical units in urban areas and informal settlements. These are logistically important for helping us reach impoverished communities and at risk and marginalised groups, with contraception, safe abortion and maternal health services.

We try to make sure the services we deliver in South Africa are available to as many people as possible, which is why the fees we charge for our services are cross-subsidised across our network. This means our centres are able to offer prices that best suit the communities they serve. Any surplus we generate is reinvested back into our core work, allowing us to grow our reach and range of services.

For the past two decades we have been working closely with the government, strengthening public health systems across the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal regions. Our work is also closely aligned with government policies, including the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act, the Contraception and Fertility Planning Policy and the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs.

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Our impact in South Africa

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3 days ago

Global Declaration on Abortion

Evidence shows that restricting access to abortion does not decrease women seeking abortion, it only makes it less safe. We have signed a joint declaration calling for abortion to be safe and legal.

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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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Wednesday 09 October 2019

New podcast: the decriminalisation of choice

Last month, after a marathon 70 hours of debate in parliament, the state of New South Wales, Australia, voted to decriminalise abortion. Find out more about the road to make this happen.

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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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3 days ago

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

25 years ago, the world took a stand and recognised Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as human rights.

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Wednesday 06 November 2019

MSI launches #SmashAbortionStigma campaign

Marie Stopes International – a leading global sexual and reproductive healthcare charity – is today launching a campaign to #SmashAbortionStigma.

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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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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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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 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 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

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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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Wednesday 08 March 2017

No woman left behind

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

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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 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. In this story, we highlight some of the incredibly strong women we have met, whose stories linger with us.

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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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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 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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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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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 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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