Through Marie Stopes Australia, we contribute to outreach programs in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea, funding service providers for free reproductive health services; MSIA estimates in PNG this will reach 1,500 clients, preventing unintended pregnancies and saving $50,000 in health costs. family planning services. The efficacy of the work of Marie Stopes International can be seen in their following statements:
3 in 10 of our contraceptive clients [in Papua New Guinea] are switching to a long-term or permanent method.
$100 buys 20 IUDs for women in Papua New Guinea.
$50 can provide six contraceptive injections in Cambodia.
Profit from MSIA’s reproductive health services in Australia is used along with donations and grants to fund overseas work.
Papua New Guinea
MSIA’s practice is to develop local and rural staff, aiming to increase their capacity to deliver services in PNG.
WPF’s emphasis on family planning is part of the health services offered as outreach in rural areas.
Watch PNG doctor, Prof Mola, explain the profound need for family planning as the PNG population doubles every generation.
“Half our clients are first time users of family planning, directly contributing to an increased contraceptive prevalence rate.” The shock statistics continue: 44 percent of women of reproductive age have an unmet need for family planning; only one in four women is using a modern method of family planning and many women have never had access to contraception.” Our grant provides the cost of $42.41 per Couple Year of Protection (CYP), so every thousand dollars benefits 23 couples for a year.
Marie Stopes introduced contraceptive implants to PNG under a trial approved by the National Department of Health. This new choice saw significant uptake in the first three months it was available. Additionally, MSPNG has the capacity to deliver vasectomies as a viable option for men across the country. When added to existing services of IUD insertion and tubal ligation surgery, Marie Stopes is now offering a robust mix of methods in its clinics and on outreach.
HEAR or Read – Speech exceprts: Alice Oppen and Maria Deveson-Crabbe, CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia, 2010
In 2014, Women’s Plans Foundation supported the work of Marie Stopes International in Cambodia. Marie Stopes International Cambodia stated:
In the last decade, Cambodia’s economic growth has not been equally matched by improvements in health. Health indicators are still among the worst in the Southeast Asian Region. Maternal mortality is such that approximately one woman dies for every 385 births. Large rural populations also have considerable physical and financial barriers to essential health services. Less than 40 percent are attended by a health professional compared to 70 percent in urban areas.
Enabling the 25 percent of Cambodian Women who have an unmet need for contraception is a key component of the National Health Policy. Building the public sector’s capacity through coordination with the established private sector is crucial to addressing these goals.
Young people under 25 make up 56 percent of Cambodia’s population and remain particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies.
Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) provides sexual and reproductive health and family planning services through clinics and outreach across the country. Reaching poor and marginalised groups with essential contraceptive services has high impact on health targets.
MSIC also leverages its clinical expertise and professional standards to improve the capacity of public services through training of government health workers and supporting the development of SRH protocols.
In this work, MSIC supports and is supported by the Cambodian Ministry of Health, International Labor Organisation, AusAID, GAP Inc and Civil and Non-government sector. The WPF grant was used for materials used during practical training sessions for long-term family planning, equipment and materials used during MSIC’s mobile outreach services (voluntary surgical contraception, implants and IUDs), and materials used during follow-up quality assurance visits for long-term family planning.