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Marie Stopes International (MSI) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation working on Sexual and Reproductive Health with headquarters in London, UK. It is named after Marie Stopes a Scottish author, campaigner for women's rights, and pioneer in the field of family planning.

MSI works in 42 countries worldwide[1]. The organisation operates through its own clinics (known as Marie Stopes Centres). In 2008 there were 560 centres. These included 5 in Bolivia, 9 in the UK, 10 in Australia, 25 in Kenya, 24 in South Africa, 48 in Pakistan and over 100 in Bangladesh.

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Contraception

In 2008 MSI centres and associated activities provided family planning services that resulted in 13.5 million Couple Years of Protection (CYP) from over 6 million client visits.[2] These contraceptive choices included:

- over 570,000 sterilisations - tubal ligation and vasectomy

- over 502,000 Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Devices (IUCD) or Gynefix

- Implants and contraceptive injections

- Emergency contraceptive pills

- 143 million male and female condoms

Abortion

MSI is a significant provider of safe abortion services in many of the countries where it works.

Social Marketing

MSI runs contraceptive social marketing programmes in 17 countries - such as the Kushi contraceptive pill and injectable in India[3], Raha condom and Smart Lady emergency contraceptive pill in Kenya[4], Lifeguard condom in Uganda[5] and Snake condom in Australia aimed at the Aboriginal market[6].

Expansion

In 2008 MSI opened in Mexico City State where legislative change has enabled improved access to safe abortion services[7].

Politics

Marie Stopes International was displeased at the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, saying It looks like this particular cardinal will continue with the line on contraception, condoms, and HIV prevention that Pope John Paul II had. It's regrettable because that will impact so terribly on the lives of millions of people, particularly in the developing world.. [8]

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