Our technical expertise

At Marie Stopes International, we pride ourselves on the technical expertise we have built up over more than 30 years of working in sexual and reproductive health. We constantly share the lessons we’ve learned – within our sector, and with our partners.  

We’ve pioneered the use of new techniques and approaches, based on our comprehensive experience of delivering services in some of the world’s most challenging environments.

Setting gold standards

For example, our teams are setting a gold standard for post-abortion care for women in developing countries who have undergone unsafe abortion.

In Yemen, for example, they’re helping to introduce effective new methods and tool kits such as manual vacuum aspiration that do not require a doctor and can be carried out by other health workers.

Expanding access to new contraceptives

We’re also significantly expanding the use of a wider range of highly effective long-acting contraceptive methods, for example the new Sino-II contraceptive implant. In Pakistan the implant has been available in 54 of our locations across the country since the beginning of 2011.

In Uganda, we have been working under an agreement with the Ministry of Health to widen access to safe motherhood services for poor Ugandan women.

We are delivering this through a voucher scheme that targets subsidies for services and by providing technical assistance to private obstetric units in underserved areas.

This is the biggest voucher-based health scheme in Uganda, targeting poor women with quality, costed services.

Global clinical quality

Our clinical standards are developed by our global clinical leadership, in partnership with our country teams. They draw on the lessons we learn every day as we deliver services to under-served women in some of the hardest to reach locations around the world.

Our in-country quality assurance teams carry out on-the-job training, mentoring and assessment against global standards, supported by annual visits from our international quality assurance team.

This results in continuous monitoring and improvement of the quality of our clinical services in our centres, clinical outreach sites and social franchises.

By continually monitoring and improvement the quality of service provision in every country we work in we ensure that our centres in the furthest outposts in developing countries are of the same high quality as the services we provide in urban areas in developed countries.

Using data to improve services

Our research expertise in tracking and analysing data means we provide the most appropriate high quality sexual and reproductive health services to the communities we serve.

In HIV prevention for example, we have focused on identifying and assessing innovative models for scaling-up male circumcision services for HIV prevention, including studies in Kenya of the prevalence of complications arising from the procedure.