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 ...
Jul 7, 2014

Thank you for your invaluable support!

We greatly appreciate your invaluable support to the project: Sierra Leonean Youth as Family Planning Peer Educators.

This innovative project is still in the beginning stages of development.  However, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) looks forward to training and supporting 60 youth peer educators to inform their peers about reproductive health and where to access services.

Teenage pregnancy is a serious issue in Sierra Leone, with 1 in every 2.5 teenage girls having a child before they reach the age of 20.  Through this project, MSSL seeks to address the stigma, social, and structural barriers that prevent youth from seeking information and services.

We look forward to providing you with additional project updates as the youth peer educators are identified and trained to provide sexual and reproductive health education.

Thank you again for helping youth in Sierra Leone receive lifesaving information and access to family planning services!

Apr 11, 2014

Thank you for your support!

Family Planning Educational Session
Family Planning Educational Session

We greatly appreciate your invaluable support for the successful project, Train Afghan Women to Champion Reproductive Health

Please note that we will be deactivating the project from the Global Giving site, as this Phase of the project is complete.  Fortunately, we have received additional support from the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation and other donors to implement the next stage of the project.

We are excited to inform you that we are currently seeking support for a new project to be implemented in Sierra Leone: Sierra Leonean Youth as Family Planning Peer Educators.  Please consider supporting this invaluable and innovative project.

Through this project, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) will train and support 60 youth peer educators to inform their peers about reproductive health and where to access services.  MSSL seeks to support young people to speak with other youth about family planning and sexually transmitted infections to break down myths, provide accurate information in a confidential way, and show youth where they can access youth-friendly, non-judgmental services should they want them.

You can now support this project by visiting this link on the Global Giving website: https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/project-edit/edit-page-1.html?project.projId=16844

We greatly appreciate your continued support of Marie Stopes International, which enables us to further our mission of children by choice, not chance.

Project Report: Train Afghan Women to Champion Reproductive Health

Through invaluable support from GlobalGiving donors and the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, we recruited and trained additional Mullahs’ Wives , increasing our team to a total number of 22 Health Education Champions (HECs).

Between October 1 and December 31, 2013, HECs provided 970 women in Herat Province with essential information on reproductive health including messages on family planning, birth spacing, and the value of breast feeding.  As a result, 362 new clients visited our clinics to receive a range of essential health services including family planning counselling and services, ante natal care, post natal care, STI testing, and health care for children under five years of age.

In the same period, HECs reached 1,334 women in Balkh Province with lifesaving reproductive health messages and as a result, 472 new clients were referred to MSIA clinics. 

This project has successfully demonstrated that working with religious leaders and their wives, who are highly respected and influential within the community, is one of the most effective ways to influence the community and establish  safe referral mechanisms to access life-saving SRH services.

Thank you again for helping women in Afghanistan receive vital information and access to family planning services!

Jan 13, 2014

22 Health Champions have now been trained!

Family Planning Sculpture Unveiling
Family Planning Sculpture Unveiling

It’s been a great end to 2013 for the project, Train Afghan Women to Champion Reproductive Health!  With invaluable support from GlobalGiving donors and the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 we were able to reach more women through this expanding program.  The additional Mullahs’ wives we were able to recruit and train (thanks to your support!) as Health Education Champions (HECs) during the last reporting period have brought our team to a total number of 22 HECs, eleven in Herat Province and eleven in Balkh.  This means we were able to reach significantly more women!  

Between October 1 and December 31, 2013 HECs reached 970 women in Herat Province with essential reproductive health messages including messages on family planning, birth spacing, and the importance of breast feeding.  As a result, 362 new clients visited our clinics to receive a range of services including family planning counselling and services, ante natal care, post natal care, STI testing, and health care for children less than five years of age.

In the same period, HECs reached 1,334 women in Balkh Province with essential reproductive health messages and as a result, 472 new clients were referred to MSIA clinics.  These are huge numbers for the program.  This demonstrates both the significant demand for our services and the effectiveness of Mullahs’ wives as a medium to deliver these essential messages.

The number of women reached during the reporting period increased significantly from earlier in the year due to our expanded team, which included enthusiastic and hardworking new recruits.  HECs were able to hold even more sessions and 15 or more women usually attended each session.

Significantly, the locations where the HECs delivered their messages changed somewhat with more Mullahs’ wives holding education sessions outside of their homes.  HECs spoke at women’s gatherings, community events and ceremonies, as well as at religious schools.  One HEC began preaching in the Women’s Mosque and as a result, many more women were reached with these essential reproductive health messages.  This is a very significant and positive development and reflects the ever increasing visibility and importance placed on family planning and maternal and child health in Afghanistan.  The number of women referred to MSIA clinics also increased because of the efforts of the new recruits and the changing location of the message delivery.  Additionally, more Mullahs’ wives accompanied women to MSIA clinics.

Challenges encountered stem from the increasing number of women wishing to attend MSIA clinics and requesting that the Mullahs’ wives accompanu them.  This clearly demonstrates the strong relationship and trust between the women and the Mullahs’ wives and this accompaniment is often encouraged as women must have a guardian.  It does however also mean that the Mullahs’ wives are very busy and face challenges with meeting the cost of transport.

We are also excited to announce the unveiling of the family planning sculpture that took place in Kabul on January 8, 2014.  Entitled the ‘Hand of Hope,’ the sculpture celebrates reproductive health in Afghanistan.  A number of our religious leaders were invited to the sculpture unveiling event and the Public Health Minister, Dr. Soraya Dalil, made a point of recognizing their important role in raising awareness of family planning in Afghanistan.  For more information on this event, please refer to the Marie Stopes website: http://www.mariestopes.org/news/putting-family-planning-hands-afghan-women

 

Thank you again for helping women in Afghanistan receive needed family planning services!

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