Marie Stopes International
Many times there have been rampant school drop-outs in various parts of the world. This has greatly affected the girl child due to unplanned early pregnancies and finally leading to death hence population decrease. Unplanned pregnancies with married women have made many women get children by chance making them to leave their jobs hence living miserable lives. This happens because many women all over the world are not able to access contraceptives though they may want to use them therefore the results becomes devastating.
Due to lack of contraceptives the chances of unwanted pregnancies are increasing day by day. And this has greatly resulted to unsafe abortions all over the world. As a result, a massive death of women is experienced every year. If contraceptives were easily accessed, the cases of unwanted pregnancies and deaths could have been prevented. But women and girls should not worry since Marie Stopes International has tried its best to bring quality family planning programs to ensure that deaths caused unintended pregnancies cease. Marie Stopes International has tried to save the lives of many women everyday. They have been providing modern contraceptives, post abortion care and ensuring that safe abortions are conducted. This has happened for over thirty years in thirty seven years.
Started as Marie Stopes Foundation, it became bankrupt in 1975 and taken over by Tim Black who rebranded it Marie Stopes International in 1976. It ensures that we live in a world where every birth is wanted. This has greatly been achieved by operating a social business model which is consumer-centered for reproductive health and other services. In some countries, the work of the Marie Stopes International generates a lot of profit which is used in the improvement of health care services.
How it works
In offering its services, Marie Stopes International employs different methods in order to reach the target group of people. The most common methods are:
- By operating many centers
It runs many centers worldwide. These centers are equipped with quality health services. Therefore many women are to access better services with ease. In 2003, many women were able to carry out safe abortions by the help of Marie Stopes International. This was due to construction of 600 centers in thirty seven countries which benefitted many women. Post abortion care and family planning methods are also offered.
- Mobile outreach
Many mobile teams provide services in rural areas and poor settings to make sure that they provide family planning choices to women. It also happens in urban slums due to lack of health facilities. In 2013 they visited many slums and remote areas.
- Social marketing
Marie Stopes International distributes free condoms, pills and other contraceptives to health centers and to private hospitals at a low cost. Sometimes, some responsible members of the society are empowered to provide education to the public on how to use these products. They also do guidance and counseling. This benefits men and women who rarely visit health facilities. In 2012, 2 million people were provided with family planning services through social channels.
- Social franchising
Marie Stopes International provides social networks by ensuring that people who visit private health facilities get quality education of reproductive health services. They also educate mid-wives on how to provide better services.
- Health systems strengthening
Marie Stopes International works in partnership with public and private sectors so as to each country easily. It offers some countries services which they cannot offer to their people and supplement other countries’ existing services. They also train governmental health workers so as to give them support. In corporation with private health centers, they provide quality training for expansion of quality family planning and safe abortion services. The family planning services offered includes use of condoms, contraceptive pills, implants and intra-uterine devices, and other permanent methods such as tubal ligation vasectomy.
The impacts of Marie Stopes International are hugely noticeable and felt. It works to its best to provide services to many people. They also make sure that women get the right contraceptives to avoid unplanned pregnancies. They usually make sure that women get not only family planning methods but they use the ones which best suits their conditions of health. In 2011, Marie Stopes International reached more people than ever before making difference to the lives of many women who accessed the information, services and their products. Research shows that a big number of girls between the ages of fifteen and nineteen years die every year due to unsafe abortions . This usually results to orphanage. By use of the right contraceptive these lives could be saved.
In 3rd Dec 2014, people with disabilities were educated on their sexual and reproductive health needs. Marie Stopes International working with the vision
“A world in which every birth every birth is wanted’’ and the mission “Children by choice, not chance’’
is trusted by many people i.e. the poor and vulnerable women for it provides them with quality sexual and reproductive health care including giving the right contraceptives, safe abortions, and providing care to both the mother and the new born in many countries all over the world.
Through Marie Stopes International, many women are able to access different services and make their own decisions about sexual and reproductive health.
Marie Stopes International is in many places across the globe. You can find MSI in these following countries including but not limited to:
- South Africa
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Northern Ireland
By providing high quality services, Marie Stopes International is needed and trusted by many for it prevents unnecessary deaths. As members of different countries, we need to support the works of Marie Stopes International. Income from its clinics is used in expanding their services.
Marie Stopes International carries out sensitization and awareness campaigns round the year in almost all the countries. It organizes and holds free medical camps for women and girls. They offer free screening of reproductive organs to women and girls. Through its different people from different backgrounds, ethnicity and color are able to raise health and sustainable families. Thanks to its organization and administration. What positive impacts of Marie Stopes International have you witnessed in your locality?