Our 2016 Impact: The First Step
If the world is serious about ending poverty, access to contraception and safe abortion is the first step.
When every day is a struggle to feed your children, find work or finish school, an unintended pregnancy can mean the difference between life and death. Every year, nearly 22 million women risk their lives to end one.
At MSI, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. We are committed to being there for women no matter what, ensuring they can have children by choice, not chance.
Today, we released our 2016 Global Impact Report, which demonstrates our commitment in action.
Last year, more than 25.4 million women and their partners were using a method of contraception provided by MSI.
We estimate that our global work providing high-quality contraception, safe abortion and post-abortion care services resulted in:
- 6 million unintended pregnancies prevented
- 4.8 million unsafe abortions averted
- 21,600 maternal deaths averted
- More than $340 million in direct healthcare costs saved
The impact of our services is always clear and measurable, but the real success stories happen at the heart of our patient-centered care. In countries with restrictive abortion laws like Sierra Leone, for example, our emergency post-abortion care can mean the difference between life and death for women like Christiana.
Christiana was applying to college in 2012 when she discovered she was pregnant. Already juggling the care of her two young children, with little money for reproductive care, an unintended pregnancy was the last thing she needed. Faced with few options, she decided to visit one of her neighborhood’s quack doctors to end the pregnancy.
Not long after, Christiana started bleeding and experiencing severe pain in her lower abdomen. She needed help.
Luckily, she found a safe haven at her local Marie Stopes center, where a doctor carefully repaired her perforated uterus: an injury that, left untreated, would have killed her.
Following her treatment, a Marie Stopes nurse helped Christiana choose a contraceptive injection that would protect her from future unintended pregnancies and best fit with her lifestyle. In fact, Christiana still uses the same method today—five years after her initial visit to Marie Stopes.
Our continuum of care is designed to support Christiana at every step of her journey, along with millions of women and girls around the world. For many, Marie Stopes is their only option for family planning care—and often any health care at all.
With the loss of US funding following the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, our work becomes both more critical and challenging in the years ahead. And, by 2020, there will be more young people of reproductive age than ever before.
In this year’s Global Impact Report, we chose to highlight why access to contraception and safe abortion is non-negotiable—and why we cannot and will not agree with a policy that puts women and girls at risk.
To find out more about MSI’s lifesaving impact, our unwavering commitment to our clients and other stories of women like Christiana, read the full 2016 Global Impact Report.