MSI to provide services for vulnerable women and girls in DRC
Marie Stopes Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is our newest program, with services scheduled to launch in November 2018.
Almost 90% of Congolese women are unable to access any modern method of contraception, and those who can are largely restricted to less reliable short-term methods such as condoms. The average woman in DRC has more than six children, creating challenges for many in a country where severe poverty is widespread.
What we'll do in DRC
Marie Stopes DRC will begin its mission to expand access to quality family planning for Congolese women in the capital Kinshasa and the neighboring province of Tshopo, with the aim to expand to further provinces as the program grows. Services will initially focus on mobile outreach, with teams of midwives and nurses traveling by road and river to bring contraception to women in remote areas and urban slums.
The program will also provide services through a network of Marie Stopes Ladies, trained healthcare providers (usually nurses, midwives or community health workers) who work within the local community to increase access to high-quality family planning services and advice.
In the longer-term, Marie Stopes DRC plans to expand its services within the country, in an effort to increase the availability of modern family planning services, wherever women live.