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In 2016, Uganda’s contraceptive prevalence rate stood at only 26%, hindering the country’s social and economic development.
More than half of Uganda’s population is under 15 years old. Yet despite nearly universal awareness of contraception, the rate of unplanned pregnancy is high. Around a quarter of adolescent women aged 15-19 are either pregnant or have already given birth to their first child.
Marie Stopes UG is Uganda’s largest and most specialised sexual and reproductive healthcare organisation, providing a wide range of high quality, affordable, client-centered services. For 29 years, we have provided services to millions of Ugandan women, men and young people.
Currently, Marie Stopes UG provides approximately 60% of all contraception in Uganda, and focuses on reaching the most under-served communities. These communities are predominantly young, living in poverty, and reside in hard-to-reach rural locations and urban slums.
We also support the government of Uganda on the development of policies and guidelines related to family planning and reproductive health services. Through our expertise and research we are able to provide technical assistance to national health strategies, which improve the lives of millions of women and young people in the country.
We deliver services through a range of channels, helping us to reach women in different settings.
If you are covering the UK government’s decision to allow women to access early abortion care at home, you may find the following statement from Marie Stopes UK helpful.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 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
Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.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
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 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
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 United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).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