Mary Magdalene Koroma is 18, and lives on a remote island off the coast of Sierra Leone. The nearest hospital is 105 nautical miles away—but she didn’t have to travel that far to receive the contraceptive implant she’s been using since age 16. Thanks to a Marie Stopes Sierra Leone speedboat outreach team, she was able to access family planning without leaving the island. For other women and girls in Mary’s community, however, finding contraception won’t be so easy.
A new piece in The Guardian highlights the effects of drastic funding cuts to family planning in Sierra Leone, including the closure of the Marie Stopes speedboat service in December 2016. The piece further examines how President Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy and slashing of support for UNFPA will have similarly devastating effects on sexual and reproductive health around the world in years to come.
Read the full article here.