Because every woman has the right to determine her own future.
We’ve made a promise to the women we serve, and we are not prepared to let them down – no matter where they are.
Despite continued challenges imposed by the re-enactment of the US administration's Global Gag Rule, and rising opposition to a woman's right to a safe abortion, in 2018 we continued to deliver for the millions of women who rely on our services to build the life they want.
In 2018, we went further than ever, across mountains, over rivers, on roads less travelled to provide high quality, safe services to women and girls, when and where they need them. Our programmes in sub-Saharan Africa alone travelled nearly 12 million kilometres throughout the year, that's the equivalent of flying to the moon and back - 15 times!
Today, there are over 30 million women around the world who can continue on their chosen path knowing they are being protected from an unintended pregnancy by a contraceptive method provided by us. Our work in 2018 resulted in an estimated:
Reaching these women and girls would not have been possible without the commitment of providers like Faith Pyentim.
Faith works as part of an outreach team covering the north-east region of Nigeria, an area of the country that has been affected by war, displacement and extreme poverty. Faith organises peer-group education sessions, providing women with information about contraception, often for the first time. Faith also works with Nigeria’s displaced communities in the Yobe region, with women and their families who have had to leave their homes because of prolonged conflict.
“Last year, we went to visit the Jigawa community, and at that time, that place was not peaceful at all. But the women were rushing to our services, even when they were being chased from their homes. It was very heart wrenching. They were living in the bush or forest, but they were so afraid of becoming pregnant in such an uncertain environment so when they heard there was family planning, they still rushed to come and get it, and then ran back to where they were hiding again. That shows how much these services are wanted by women here.”
You can read more about MSI’s impact in 2018 and experiences of other providers like Faith in our Global Impact Report and support these services directly by clicking on the donate button below.Global Impact Report 2018 Click here to donate
We provide high quality, safe services to women, when and where they need them, because we believe that when a woman is able to decide her own future, and continue on her chosen path, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.
Marie Stopes International helps women to have children by choice, not chance. We do this by providing contraception and safe abortion to women in urban and rural communities all over the world.
A global crisis looms as millions of women are unable to access life-saving contraception and safe abortion. As the situation becomes ever more urgent, we must take strong action now.
Read more about the impact in each individual country where we work by browsing through the pages of our 37 country programmes.