Reaching young people with innovative programs

As the largest generation of young people in history enters maturity, MSI and partners are implementing innovative, evidence-based programs to reach youth with contraceptive and reproductive health education.

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As the largest generation of young people in history enters maturity, MSI and partners are implementing innovative, evidence-based programs to reach youth with contraceptive and reproductive health education.

At 18 years old, Catherine discovered she was pregnant, having never received basic reproductive health education or services. Scared and unsure what to do, she tried unsuccessfully to end her pregnancy with a home-made concoction. Catherine ultimately had to abandon school and put her dream of becoming a nurse on hold to raise her daughter.

Just five years later, Catherine has changed the course of her story by using it to empower herself and other young women. She now kisses her daughter, Trisha, goodbye each day before heading off to work as a Teen Connector for Marie Stopes Zambia. She educates girls in her community about family planning, helping them rewrite the script that threatens so many of their lives: early pregnancies.

Catherine's story is featured in a new New York Times opinion piece by former Marie Stopes International-United States Executive Director Pamela Norick. Norick argues that with the largest generation of youth in history entering maturity, the world needs innovative programs to reach young people with engaging, accurate information about contraception and reproductive health. She highlights several groundbreaking MSI initiatives for youth from around the world. "We are seeing significant breakthroughs in reducing the stigma of using contraception, and the removal of policy restrictions that have often limited access to contraception, revolutionizing the way health care is provided in communities from Cambodia to Kenya and, most significantly, empowering women and girls."

“I am lucky to be alive,” she tells the girls. “Don’t risk your lives. Realize your dreams.”

Click here to read the full New York Times piece.

Catherine with her daughter Trisha

Our Global Impact Last Year

32million

women using a MSI
method of contraception

13million

unintended pregnancies
prevented

6.5million

unsafe abortions prevented

34,600

pregnancy-related deaths prevented