A new piece in the Christian Science Monitor artfully illustrates the day-to-day responsibilities of Aishatu Abdullahi, a Marie Stopes Lady in Nigeria.
Abdullahi has seven children and says her goal is to give women control over when they get pregnant. That choice has proved powerful. Local women now pass her mobile phone number furtively among themselves, so that Abdullahi’s phone is constantly lighting up with unknown callers seeking her services.
We currently have 115 Marie Stopes Ladies working in Nigeria, a number that’s set to double this year. Last year, they made about 37,000 house visits across the country. And worldwide, the 730 women in the program working in 15 countries made nearly 800,000 house calls.