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With an estimated 368 deaths per 100,000 births, Mali has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
The country also has one of the world’s highest demographic growth rates, so an increase in contraceptive prevalence is crucial. In 2012 only 10% of women were using modern contraceptive methods, and there continues to be high disparities between contraceptive access in rural and urban areas.
Marie Stopes Mali began clinical operations in 2008, and has since achieved significant increases in contraceptive services through its dedicated work to reach the under-served.
Throughout the country there is an unmet need for family planning services with a significant percentage of them being adolescent and young women.
Data from 2012 shows that a majority of adolescent girls in Mali are married and a third of them will have delivered their first child by their 20th birthday. Despite a higher risk of unplanned pregnancies among youth, they are the group most critically under-served in accessing accurate information about contraception and family planning services.
Designing programmes that specifically meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescent girls and young women is pivotal to reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancies and to increase contraceptive prevalence rates.
Our programme in Mali serves a large number of young clients. Nationally, just over 30% of modern contraceptive users in Mali are under 25. Yet in 2016, 68% of our clients were under this age, demonstrating the team’s ability to reach this critical group.
Our Mali programme consists of three centres, six mobile outreach teams providing services in mainly rural areas, and a large network of over 140 social franchises across the country providing a complete range of reproductive health services.
Our full range of sexual and reproductive health services includes:
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.
Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.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
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
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
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 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
Harassment of people outside abortion clinics is a national problem and needs a national solution, Marie Stopes managing director Richard Bentley writes.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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