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What we do

We help women all over the world to have children by choice, not chance.

Contraception is still out of reach for 214 million women.

The health implications behind this figure are staggering.

Every year millions of women fall pregnant unintentionally, and 285,000 die from pregnancy-related causes - most of them in developing countries. Without a safe and legal way to end their pregnancy, around 25 million resort to a life-threatening unsafe abortion – up to 31,000 women will die this way.

Even for those that avoid childbirth complications, the impact of having several pregnancies in quick succession can lock women into a life of ill health and extreme poverty. They can struggle to keep all their children healthy, fed and schooled, and many are unable to pursue their own education and careers.

Read more about the global challenge

At Marie Stopes International, we strongly believe that every woman has the right to choose if and when she has a child.

Why it matters

The impact of this global healthcare crisis is devastating and far-reaching.

On an individual level, women’s health and happiness suffers - as do the finances and fortunes of her family. At a wider level, whole societies lose out as women are unable to fully engage in their communities - economically, politically or otherwise. 

We exist to provide contraception and safe abortion to women and girls living in urban and rural communities all over the world. By providing a woman with access to these services, you empower her to choose her family size and future. You also give her the freedom to pursue hopes and dreams that could not only transform her life, but create ripples that spread across her family, community and country.

We're working towards a world in which every birth is wanted - where people are free to have children by choice, not chance. Will you join our mission?

Invest in our work Work for us

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.

Dina Appiah

Without Marie Stopes I don’t know where I would be, maybe I’d be dead.

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.

What we're doing

We place our clients at the centre of everything we do, and are committed to creating services that are both personalised and sustainable.

Our services

We’ve been providing life-changing reproductive health services for over 40 years. We work hard to make sure these services are high quality, affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

Our services

Our approach

We don’t do one-size-fits-all approaches. We work hard to understand our clients and their unique challenges, tailoring our services and solutions accordingly.

Our approach

Our impact

In 2017 we reached more people than ever before.


Unintended pregnancies prevented

0 Million

Unsafe abortions averted


using contraception provided by MSI

Where we work

We are a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion (where legally permitted) to women and girls in 37 countries across the world.

As well as delivering services on the ground, our focus on sustainability means we also work with governments to strengthen existing health systems and transform the political environments in which we work.

See where we work

By 2020 there will be more women of reproductive age than ever before

We must be ready to serve them