MSI-US

Marie Stopes International (MSI), a not-for-profit sexual and reproductive health organization, is committed to the vision of "children by choice-not chance." MSI strives to realize a world with universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, where women and couples can freely exercise their right to decide whether and when to have children. To reach this goal, MSI uses modern business methods to deliver high quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Founded in 1976, Marie Stopes International has evolved from the first-ever family planning clinic in the UK, opened by Marie Stopes in 1921, to ...

MSI-US
P.O. Box 35528
Washington, DC 20033
United States
2023869153
http://www.mariestopes.org

Board of Directors

Meira Neggaz, Michele Thornburn, Craig Evans, Natasha Sakolsky, Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, Karmen Kohl, Tim Black, Philip Harvey, Mitchell Warren, Patricia Atkinson, Michael Holscher

Project Leaders

Abigail Radis

Mission

Marie Stopes International (MSI), a not-for-profit sexual and reproductive health organization, is committed to the vision of "children by choice-not chance." MSI strives to realize a world with universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, where women and couples can freely exercise their right to decide whether and when to have children. To reach this goal, MSI uses modern business methods to deliver high quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Founded in 1976, Marie Stopes International has evolved from the first-ever family planning clinic in the UK, opened by Marie Stopes in 1921, to a global network with operations in 40 countries. Today, Marie Stopes International's reach spans Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. The MSI international partnership has over 7,000 employees, the majority of which are locally hired clinical and administrative staff. MSI-United States (MSI-US) is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization to MSI, and a part of the MSI global partnership. MSI-US provides vision and leadership for the development of US-based partnerships that leverage technical and financial resources in support of MSI's global mission. Key objectives for MSI-US include: providing technical and program resources to MSI partners and managing US-based grants to ensure optimal performance in coordination with the MSI headquarters in London and country programs around the world. MSI-US also represents MSI to various institutions, including Congress, US-based multilateral agencies, such as the United Nations, US-based donors, academic institutions, and private and non-profit organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The programs supported by MSI are lifesaving and increasingly more critical. There is a tremendous and growing unmet need for essential sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries, negatively impacting millions of women and their families. Worldwide, over two hundred million women in developing countries would like to delay or avoid pregnancy but lack access to the necessary family planning services and commodities. The United Nations estimates that this demand for family planning will grow 40% by 2050, as record numbers of young people enter their prime reproductive years. This unmet need for contraception leads to an estimated 80 million unintended pregnancies annually in the developing world, and each year, some 358,000 women die in delivery and pregnancy-more than 1,000 each day. Additionally, approximately 21.6 million women undergo unsafe abortions annually due to unintended and unwanted pregnancies, resulting in 47,000 maternal deaths. A woman dies every 11 minutes in developing countries from complications arising from unsafe abortion. If the vast unmet need for family planning were met, an estimated 94,000 maternal deaths would be averted and $1.5 billion would be saved on maternal and newborn health services. Marie Stopes International recognizes the disparity between the existence of modern contraception and the lack of access faced by hundreds of millions of women, couples and young people throughout the world. MSI also recognizes that the return on investment in family planning is significant: family planning saves lives, reduces incidence of abortion, empowers women, benefits families and communities and contributes to broader economic, environmental and social goals. The organization thus exists to bridge the gap between need and access by providing underserved communities with a range of services including: family planning; safe abortion (where legally permitted) and post-abortion care; maternal and child health care, including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and HIV/AIDS prevention. In 2010, MSI programs, with the support of MSI-US, protected the equivalent of nearly 21 million couples from unplanned pregnancy. By the end of 2010, an estimated 7 million couples or more were using a family planning method provided by MSI. Users of MSI contraceptives tended to choose a wider or different variety of methods than the general populations in their countries, indicating that MSI enriched the method mix and provided its clients with an expanded choice of contraceptives. The services provided by MSI in 2010 will avert an estimated 4.8 million unplanned pregnancies, 1.3 million unsafe abortions, and 13,600 maternal deaths. The majority of MSI's health impact occurred in rural areas or urban slums in developing countries where the need for sexual and reproductive health services is greatest. It is projected that the health impact of MSI's reproductive health work alone will save families and healthcare systems in 36 developing countries over $646 million. There is still much to be done in addressing the huge unmet need for family planning and eradicating unsafe abortion in developing countries. MSI has recently completed its 2011-2015 strategic plan, which sets out how MSI will contribute to finally completing the family planning revolution started 40 years ago, so that all women and couples in every country can choose: the number of children they desire the spacing of their births the preferred contraceptive method from the preferred provider. Investment in MSI yields substantial and positive impact in reducing unintended pregnancies and increasing contraceptive prevalence in high priority countries, where women are eager to control their fertility but often lack the resources to do so. MSI has a track record of success and over the next five years will build on this platform and further expand to those who are most in need.

Programs

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is committed to the vision of "children by choice-not chance." Today, MSI is one of the largest providers of voluntary and high-quality family planning and reproductive health services to millions of people across the globe, the majority of whom are living in poverty. The MSI global partnership operates in 40 countries spread across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. MSI's 629 sexual and reproductive health clinics form the backbone of the organization's service delivery infrastructure. MSI clinics are designed to be comfortable, non-intimidating environments where women, men and adolescents receive information about their reproductive choices and access vital services. The centers are often referred to as the gold standard in reproductive health service delivery in their countries, demonstrating to host governments and other providers what is possible in terms of quality, safety, productivity, confidentiality, and customer focus. MSI centers offer a range of services depending on local demand, including: family planning, safe abortion (where legally permitted) and post-abortion care, maternal and child health care, such as safe delivery and obstetrics, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS prevention. MSI's clinics are the hub from which MSI clinical outreach teams provide sexual and reproductive health services to hard-to-reach populations in around 6,000 rural areas and urban slums. Mobile outreach teams consisting of four MSI staff members including a doctor and a nurse, travel long distances to bring services to populations with little access. These teams bring family planning choices to women and men in remote areas who otherwise would have access to only short term methods or no family planning at all. To broaden choices in reproductive health providers and methods, MSI pursues innovative strategies for service delivery; in particular, collaborations with organizations outside of the MSI global network have been critical to increasing MSI's impact. MSI leverages resources and expertise to empower other service providers to expand coverage and improve quality. MSI partners with public, private, community-based, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) health providers using the following pioneering frameworks for collaboration: * Social Franchising - MSI's franchise networks now comprise more than 1,300 private, public, faith-based and NGO healthcare providers that deliver a range of high quality family planning, safe abortion (where legal) and post-abortion care choices to low income women in their communities. * Demand side financing- MSI reimburses accredited private or NGO healthcare providers for delivering sexual and reproductive health services, often through voucher schemes that transfer purchasing power to the poor and vulnerable. * Community based distribution- MSI brings contraceptive commodities directly to hard to reach populations by providing training and supplies to community health workers and other members of the community. * Researching best practices- MSI performs diligent monitoring and evaluation of programs. Through this research, MSI formulates best practices and actively disseminates this information throughout the field of reproductive health providers. * Social Marketing- Service delivery partnerships are complemented with marketing and behaviour change communication campaigns that improve health-seeking behaviour and build social support for sexual and reproductive health within communities. * Advocacy - MSI strengthens national health systems by training and working in partnership with key decision makers, such as donors and national health ministries, to overcome the key political and social barriers to greater uptake of sexual and reproductive services. MSI country programs receive program, technical, financial and human resource assistance from MSI support offices, such as MSI-US. With this support, MSI country programs are largely designed and managed locally to match the specific local context. The result is a diversity of programs showcasing innovation and successful client-centered sexual and reproductive health service delivery. Two exemplary programs managed by MSI-US include: Educating Afghan Mullahs on Family Planning and Reproductive Health and Expanding Access to Safe Medical Abortion Information and Services in Cambodia. Specific Program Examples: Marie Stopes International in Cambodia and Afghanistan As part of the Educating Afghan Mullahs on Family Planning and Reproductive Health program, initiated in July 2010, MSI-US on-granted $50,000 to Marie Stopes International Afghanistan (MSIA) for the implementation of a behaviour change campaign. MSIA trained Afghan religious leaders ("Mullahs") on the importance of family planning and reproductive health for the well-being of the family and the community as a whole. Mullahs were also educated about the critical role of nutrition and maternal and child healthcare, including pre- and antenatal care and birth spacing, on reducing the extremely high rates of maternal and infant mortality in Afghanistan. The religious leaders in turn provided positive family planning messages to community members using mosques and community meetings as forums for information dissemination. MSIA decided to target religious leaders, as they are the most influential and trusted community members in rural Afghanistan. MSIA also worked to ensure that beneficiaries saw these behaviour changes to fruition, by increasing access to high quality contraceptives and sexual health services. MSIA mobilized and trained local teams of community health workers to provide a service delivery channel for Afghanistan's underserved individuals and families. Because of the controversial nature of the Mullah training, MSIA coordinated many of the activities with the Ministry of Religious Affairs. During the course of its first year of implementation, other advocacy issues arose, providing opportunities for collaboration. MSIA was successful in obtaining a "fatwa" from the Ministry of Religious Affairs stating that abortion should be allowed not only when a woman's health is threatened, but also when a pregnancy can badly affect her socioeconomic circumstances. Additionally, MSIA successfully advocated for the inclusion of Emergency Contraceptives-a previously banned medical commodity-into the National Drug List Registry by the Ministry of Public Health. These represent major victories for MSIA and will contribute to improving the reproductive health status of Afghani women going forward. In 2010, MSI-US supported the initiation of another novel and multi-faceted project, Expanding Access to Safe Medical Abortion Information and Services in Cambodia. MSI-US on-granted $49,960 to Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) to achieve the following objectives: establish a national Pregnancy Advice and Options hotline; re-orient unsafe abortion providers to safe service provision through training and supply of standard international commodities for medical abortion; and, conduct innovative operational research on improving access, affordability, and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. MSIC's demonstrated success enabled MSI-US to secure additional funding for 2011. In 2011, MSIC expanded the scope and strengthened the effectiveness of the National Hotline service by adding an additional telephone operator in the call-center and securing dedicated office space for the operators. Currently, the lone operator fields calls-nearly 300 per month and steadily increasing-from the MSIC kitchen. MSIC also increased the penetration and coverage of the hotline service through more targeted communication with youth, poor, rural and remote populations, and service providers. In particular, MSIC worked with informal service deliverers, such as village volunteers and pharmacies. MSIC also initiated programs to enhance both the demand and supply of reproductive health services, ultimately ensuring closer alignment between clients and providers. The demand creation strategy "goes the last mile" to provide information to local communities through creative media activities reaching vulnerable populations. The campaigns aim to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues and how to access quality services. Strategies for delivering these messages included: using mixed media, community events, and promotional materials. Product placement has been tailored to each audience; for instance, youth were reached through messages distributed at bars, internet cafes and other gathering places for young people. Complementing this demand side approach, MSIC improved local capacity by continuing to train substandard providers. Finally, the Cambodian team, along with Marie Stopes International, continued to conduct operational research on the Cambodia program. The research will produce best practices that are generally applicable to the MSI global network, as well as specific recommendations on improving the organizational effectiveness of MSIC, given its limited financial resources. The programs in Afghanistan and Cambodia demonstrate the breadth of expertise honed by the MSI global network, driving the organization to be a leader in the field of sexual and reproductive health service delivery.

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