Each year, 22 million women resort to unsafe methods to end an unintended pregnancy, often risking their lives. This is a public health emergency.
At Marie Stopes International (MSI), we’re working to change that—but we know that providing contraception and safe abortion care is not enough.
Every day, in every country where we work, we see our services restricted by regulations that prevent women and girls from seeking and receiving the care they so desperately want.
In response, we are creating real change by transforming policies in the countries where we deliver services. In countries like Nigeria, Afghanistan and Mali, this work can make a world of difference.
In Afghanistan, our advocacy goes beyond influencing policy alone. We’re working to strengthen health systems and support the government in implementing and improving policies that increase access to reproductive care.
Starting in 2013, MSI Afghanistan (MSIA) led an initiative to provide implants in clinics and public hospitals to demonstrate the growing demand, effectiveness and safety for women in the country. After massive success, MSIA trained almost 400 doctors and midwives across the country in implant insertion and removal.
This win expanded contraceptive choice by making it easier and more culturally acceptable for women in Afghanistan to use the implant.
Dr. Anaita of MSI Afghanistan counsels a patient on the contraceptive implant at one of our centers
We have always pioneered an ‘advocacy by doing’ approach in our own unique way—showing what works, pushing for change and ensuring reforms are then implemented—and using our expertise so that women and girls are no longer denied the services they have a right to access.
But there is still more work to be done; 214 million women have an unmet need for contraception in developing regions across the globe.
That’s why, from increasing condom access in Mongolia to formulating new abortion care guidelines in Vietnam, our advocacy team is always working to ensure every woman can exercise her reproductive rights.