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We have two country programmes in India, delivering family planning and reproductive health services to thousands of women and men - Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India (formerly Marie Stopes India) and Population Health Services India.
Across India there remains a high level of unmet need for family planning services and both our programmes work in partnership with the government to improve service provision in the country.
Marriage at an early age is common – especially among women – with 40% of girls between ages 15 and 19 marrying. That figure rises to 86% by the time they reach 25.
Many women have a minimal role in choosing their spouse, method of contraception, the timing of their first pregnancy, the place of delivery, or the decision to end a pregnancy. Almost half (44%) of all girls age between 15 and 19 in India already have at least one child.
Early marriage in India is common – 40% of girls between age 15 and 19 will marry.
Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India (FRHS India) is working to improve access, choice and quality of reproductive health services among the poor and difficult to reach clients in the states of Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Working in a Public Private Partnership Model, FRHS India provides a range of family planning services through multiple channels – static clinics, mobile outreach teams, and support to government managed outreach services. Currently, FRHS India has three clinics and 26 outreach teams, and is providing support to 45 government managed outreach sites, making quality family planning services accessible to over 100,000 women and men annually.
Outreach in hard-to-reach parts of the country is a key way in which we improve contraceptive access for the under-served communities who need us most. FRHS India's outreach teams are increasing the provision of long-acting and permanent contraception in nearly 50 districts of the three states.
Population Health Services India (PHS India) was established in 1999 and has since expanded its operations to offer sexual and reproductive healthcare in 12 centres across four states.
Working with the District Health Authorities in these states, PHS India works to deliver family planning services through centres and outreach. The team lead the field in clinical quality standards and client focus, and their centres double as knowledge and training centres for the Indian Ministry of Health.
The social marketing programme run by PHS India has proved to be one of the most successful in the country, and they are currently the third largest provider of condoms in India. The programme allows us to provide clients in India with as much choice as possible, expand access to both short and long term methods of contraception.
Marie Stopes International Australia has partnered with WaterAid Australia on an innovative new project, tackling important areas of adolescent girls’ health in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.
Marie Stopes UK statement in response to news that the British Government will fund abortions for women travelling to England from Northern Ireland.Read more
In response to Mexico City Policy the Dutch government launches She Decides, a global fund designed to minimise the loss of USAID funding on reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.Read more
The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a spending package that would reverse the Trump administration’s harmful anti-choice and anti-woman policies.Read more
The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Read more
Marie Stopes UK has announced it will no longer charge Northern Irish women travelling to England for abortion, following a government commitment to fund their treatment through the Equalities Office.Read more
MSI-US calls on donors to 'open the door' for women around the world, and support their Blue Door Fund. The Fund aims to help address the family planning funding gap created by the Mexico City Policy.Read more
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.Read more
In India, increasing numbers of women are being wrongly told they need a court order to access abortion care. A new campaign seeks to clarify the law and reduce stigma.Read more
Harassment of people outside abortion clinics is a national problem and needs a national solution, Marie Stopes managing director Richard Bentley writes.Read more
A new study finds the Global Gag Rule increased abortions by 40% in sub-Saharan Africa, providing crucial evidence about the devastating impact of the policy on vulnerable women and girls.Read more
This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are proud to affirm that the future is accessible. But when it comes to sexual and reproductive healthcare, we know there’s a long way to go.Read more
Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.Read more
Marie Stopes International says meeting global demand for contraception is possible as a new Guttmacher Institute report shows first ever decrease in unmet need, from 225 million women to 214 million.Read more
Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.Read more
The BBC has said it won’t stop labelling attempts to ban abortion after six weeks as “heartbeat bills” - despite conceding the phrase is biased and medically inaccurate.Read more
Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".Read more
Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.Read more
On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.Read more
A government scheme to provide free abortion services in England for women travelling from Northern Ireland has been welcomed by pro-choice campaigners and Labour MP, Stella Creasy.Read more
Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.Read more
“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"Read more