Marie Stopes International (MSI), an international non-governmental organisation with a branch in Ghana which provides contraception and safe abortion services has opened a new Centre in Tamale. The launch of the Tamale centre brought together critical stakeholders that also coincided with the official launch of the services of Marie Stopes Ghana in Tamale.
Addressing the gathering during the launch of the center, Mr. George Akanlu, the interim country director of Marie Stopes Ghana, said the opening of the Tamale centre will deliver quality family, comprehensive abortion services among others to the doorstep of the residents of Tamale and northern region at large.
“ To maintain our standards, all our operations are governed by a set of clinical, financial and management protocols that were developed from best practices within and outside the partnership and in line with national protocols of the Ministry of Health “ he noted.
He revealed that Ghana country programme was established in September 2006 and was second country in West Africa after Sierra Leone.
“The main aim of MSI-Ghana is to complement sexual and reproductive health efforts of Ghana health service through different channels. In relation to this, the Ghana team has established 8 centres of excellence in Accra/Tema, Kumasi, Takoradi, Techiman and Tamale. We have strong public sector strengthening programme which focuses on supporting Ghana health service to provide free family planning services the deprived and underserved populations” he explained.
About Marie Stopes international
Marie Stopes International is an international non-governmental organisation providing contraception and safe abortion services in 37 countries around the world. MSI Reproductive Choices as an organisation lobbies in favour of access to abortion, and provides a variety of sexual and reproductive healthcare services including advice, vasectomies, and abortions in the UK and other countries where it is legal to do so. It is based in London and is a registered charity under English law.
In 2015 there were an estimated 21 million women around the world using a method of contraception provided by Marie Stopes International. The organisation claims that in 2015 the services that it provided averted 6.3 million unintended pregnancies, 4 million unsafe abortions and 18,100 maternal deaths.
The organisation’s core services include family planning; safe abortion and post-abortion care; maternal and child health care, including safe delivery and obstetrics; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.