The Intercept: In Uganda, family planning access is under threat

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In Uganda, Marie Stopes International’s work is at risk due to a dramatic loss of United States Government funding — around $6.5 million per year after the Trump Administration reinstated the Global Gag Rule.

In a new piece, The Intercept covers how five of our 35 outreach teams in Uganda have had to stop operations in some of the country’s most remote areas due to the Gag Rule.

Family planning services are critical to Ugandan women’s wellbeing, since maternal mortality is high — 343 women died for every 100,000 births in 2015, and it’s not uncommon for women to give birth to 10 children. During an education session, MSI team member Felicity Lanyero reminds her clients of this reality:

“Family planning is about spacing children. You find someone with five children. She is already busy, and then she becomes pregnant. That’s difficult.”

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