Marie Stopes International
Marie Stopes International is one of the largest international family planning organisations in the world. In 2008 alone, the organisation provided over six million people in 42 countries with high quality health services, including family planning; safe abortion & post-abortion care;maternal & child health care including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis & treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Around the world, Marie Stopes International Partners have become major players in national health systems. In Tanzania and Malawi, for example, Marie Stopes International provides nearly 20% of all family planning services in each country. In Bangladesh, Marie Stopes International has over 144 clinics and rural outreach teams throughout the country, protecting over one million women per year from unwanted pregnancy. Whilst in Afghanistan, Marie Stopes International works closely with three government ministries to provide sexual and reproductive health services to more than 435,000 people; outreach services to more than 182,000 women; train more than 1,000 health professionals and to promote the rights of women.
Marie Stopes International’s services are delivered via all available channels:
rural outreach teams
peer education programmes
refugee / IDP camps
Using research to monitor quality
Marie Stopes International (MSI) values and uses evidence to develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and quality of its health programmes.
The Research and Metrics programme undertakes research and performance analysis with the ultimate aim of expanding access to high quality, affordable and cost-effective reproductive and sexual health services.
Expanding service delivery
Marie Stopes International is dramatically expanding health service delivery for low-income women and couples worldwide. This expansion involves adding clinics and rural outreach programmes in new countries and new regions of existing countries; creating social franchising networks of other quality service providers to further expand access; and the wide distribution of high-quality, affordably-priced contraceptives with an emphasis on long-term methods.
By 2010, Marie Stopes International aims to protect 20 million couples annually from unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion.