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Our programme in Malawi, called Banja La Mtsogolo, was established in 1987 to address the country's high maternal mortality and unsafe abortion rates, while combating HIV/AIDs and poor sexual health.
Today we are Malawi’s largest non-profit provider of quality sexual and reproductive health services and responsible for providing 65% of the country's contraceptives. We focus on delivering our services to people most in need, primarily women living in hard-to-reach rural and urban areas and young people.
Despite this, the country’s maternal mortality rates are pretty grave - 510 women die from pregnancy or delivery-related causes per 100,000 live births. This translates into the death of around 3,450 Malawian women annually, many of whom had wished to avoid becoming pregnant.
The lack of access to quality contraception contributes to large numbers of unwanted pregnancies. Even though abortion is highly restricted in Malawi, every year around 78,000 women risk their lives to undergo unsafe abortion. One in five of them end up suffering from severe, often-life threatening complications and disabilities.
Every year around 78,000 women risk their lives to undergo unsafe abortion.
By ensuring that women have access to modern contraception and the tools and knowledge necessary for preventing HIV infection, we have helped increase the country's contraceptive prevalence rate to 59%. Our team hope to reach 60% by 2020, and thanks to their fantastic work they're firmly on-track to surpass this target.
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 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
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
Harassment of people outside abortion clinics is a national problem and needs a national solution, Marie Stopes managing director Richard Bentley writes.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
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
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 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 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
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
The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).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
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
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
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
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
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
Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.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
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