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13 Jan 2014 | Maternal health.
We were delighted to welcome HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary, and the Danish Minister for Development Co-operation, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, to one of our clinics in Yangon, Myanmar.
They spent over two hours touring the clinic, speaking with clients and hearing first-hand the life-changing impact of the sexual and reproductive health services we provide.
The majority of the women who use this clinic are poor, working women or migrant workers who have moved from rural areas in the hope of a job and a better life. The clinic also provides specialised services to young women and sex workers – other traditionally under-served groups.
Committing to Myanmar’s marginalised women
During the visit, the Minister announced a major new grant to Marie Stopes International to support global efforts to bring choices to more marginalised women. He said:
This visit helps to focus on the difficult and often taboo agenda of ensuring that poor and vulnerable women have the right to make choices about their own body.
Sid Naing, Country Director for Marie Stopes International Myanmar said:
We were honoured to welcome HRH the Crown Princess of Denmark and the Minister for Development Co-operation. And we are incredibly grateful for the Danish government’s continued support of Marie Stopes International and the people of Myanmar.
We know that sexual and reproductive health services both save and transform lives. Together we can make sure that we bring our services to those women who desperately want to control their fertility but who have struggled to find the means to do so.
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