Marie Stopes International

Marie Stopes International is a not-for-profit sexual and reproductive health organisation that uses modern business methods to achieve the social goal of preventing unintended pregnancies and unwanted births in around countries worldwide.

In the UK, Marie Stopes International has 9 main centres delivering state-of-the art services in abortion, female sterilisation, vasectomy and health screening. In 2006, Marie Stopes International delivered services to 138,472 clients.

Marie Stopes International has been working in partnership with the NHS for over 20 years, supporting Primary Care Trusts.

In addition to the UK, Marie Stopes International has a further 443 centres, multiple outreach sites and mobile services across 37 countries delivering the same high standard of care and services. As well as abortion, female sterilisation, vasectomy and health screening, Marie Stopes International also offers post abortion care; maternal & child health; STI diagnosis & treatment, and HIV prevention initiatives including condom distribution and male circumcision.

Providing information and encouraging behaviour change (i.e. HIV awareness) are also an important part of Marie Stopes International’s work, with numerous in-country campaigns taking place each year.

Worldwide in 2006 Marie Stopes International:

* delivered health services to 4.6 million clients
* protected more than 9.86 million couples from unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion
* provided over 400,000 safe abortions
* distributed more than 125 million condoms and 10 million pill cycles
* safely delivered over 8,000 babies
* launched three new country programmes