Marie Stopes International Australia

A world where every birth is wanted

Children by choice, not chance

Across the developing world, there are approximately 222 million women who want to use, but can’t access, contraception. Enabling women to take control of their reproductive health can be life-changing, whereas the consequence of this lack of access can be devastating.

Every year there are an estimated 63 million unintended pregnancies that result from a lack of contraception, and 19 million women resort to unsafe abortions to end their pregnancies.

As a result, around 82,000 women to die every year from pregnancies they did not wish to have. Pregnancies, and deaths, which could have avoided if only these women had access to basic contraception.

Marie Stopes International exists to bring quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, ensuring that their lives are not at risk from pregnancies they would rather have avoided. We’ve been delivering modern contraception, post-abortion care and, where permitted, safe abortion for over 30 years and provide services in 37 countries. Our work saves the lives of over 30 women a day.

We operate a social business model. This means we focus on ensuring a sustainable, consumer-centred model for delivering sexual and reproductive health services and achieving our social mission. In some countries, such as in Australia, our work generates surplus profits which are used to expand our reach, improve our services or products and subsidise our global social mission.

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