MSI Mali brings long-acting contraceptive methods to couples in remote regions
19 pregnancies. 19 pregnancies resulting in 12 living children- seven girls and five boys. At just 41 years old, Simba Traoré was ready for a change.
“I was tired with the multiple pregnancies, my body was exhausted,” she explained. Her latest pregnancy ended in tragedy: the stillbirth of premature twins.
Ms. Traoré is from a rural commune in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, far from the bustling streets of the capital city, Bamako. Luckily, she crossed paths with a Social Marketing Agent from Marie Stopes Mali, who, after hearing her story, referred her to a Marie Stopes Outreach Team for a reproductive health consultation. She visited the Outreach Team with the hopes of gathering more information on the different methods of family planning available to her, and for counseling to help her decide which method was right for her.
Together with her husband, Simba received counseling on all the different types of family planning methods that were available to her. She admitted that at times, “her husband was embarrassed to tell the health workers the number of pregnancies she had carried.” But now, feeling empowered with the many options and after weighing what would be best for her and her family, Simba was most interested in a tubal ligation.
That day, a Marie Stopes Mali outreach doctor explained to Simba and her husband the details about tubal ligations and then, with the voluntary, written and informed consent of both Ms. Traoré and her supportive husband, the doctor performed the procedure.
Mr. and Ms. Traoré chose a method of contraception that was best for their family, together. “Thanks to Marie Stopes Mali, I feel relieved,” Simba said. “I will be more available to take good care of my children and my family.”