2020 was the year when COVID-19 swept the earth and changed the way we live our lives. But it was also a year filled with inspiring actions, resilience, and renewed commitments to women’s reproductive choice.
As we reflect on this unprecedented year, we see not only the threat that the pandemic posed, but also the innovation and progress that came with it. We see the resilience of our team members and the rapid adaptation of our programmes and partners to ensure sexual and reproductive health services remained accessible. Because of these actions, we were able to protect the majority of services, reaching almost as many women as we did in 2019.
Around the world, 32.6 million people are using a method of contraception provided by MSI Reproductive Choices, and across the countries where we work, one in five women who want contraception are using a method provided by us. Despite daunting projections at the beginning of the pandemic warning that up to 80% of services could be disrupted, we reached 12.8 million clients, across 34,000 sites, with high-quality sexual and reproductive health services in 2020 alone. Every single day, we served 35,000 people with the contraception, safe abortion, and post-abortion care services that enabled them to continue to build the lives they want. One in six clients were adolescents under the age of 20, a group that is still facing significant barriers to access around the world.
We are proud to be able to look back at 2020 and know that we did our utmost to continue to provide life-changing and life-saving services to as many women as we could, while partnering to prioritise access for communities often left behind by health systems. We are thankful to our providers and partners for the innovation and determination that made this possible.Read more about how we responded to the crisis
Today, there are 32.6 million women around the world who can continue on their chosen path knowing they are being protected from an unintended pregnancy by a contraceptive method provided by us. Our work in 2020 reached and resulted in an estimated*:
We know that access to reproductive choice can be transformational to a woman’s life. Every day, our providers around the world witness first-hand how choice supports women and girls to live their lives on their own terms. And they know what’s at stake if that choice is unavailable. Over the past five years, it is estimated that without our services, and if no other provider stepped in to fill the gap, there would have been 10% more maternal deaths across the countries where we work. The importance of access to reproductive choice is unquestionable.
By enabling girls to stay in school, supporting women to forge their careers, and better equipping communities to be resilient in the face of global challenges, from COVID-19 to the climate crisis, reproductive choice is foundational to building a more equal and sustainable world for all.
At MSI, we are committed to a world where everyone is supported to make decisions about their own bodies and futures. From a choice of contraceptive or safe abortion method to a choice over where and how to access care. As we look ahead, we will build on the innovations from 2020 and continue to adapt to meet the needs of women. To make reproductive choice a reality for everyone.
We provide high quality, safe services to women, when and where they need them, because we believe that when a woman is able to decide her own future, and continue on her chosen path, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.
At MSI we are unapologetically pro-choice – we believe every woman and every girl should have the power to decide and determine the path their life takes. We support them by providing contraception and safe abortion to women in urban and rural communities all over the world.
2020 was a year of hardship on a global scale, but challenging times can also be a catalyst for innovation. Read more about what we learnt from providing reproductive healthcare through a pandemic and what we will bring with us into 2021 and beyond.
Today, the international community is failing the 230 million women and girls who want but have no access to contraception. This number will increase to 300 million by 2030 if no additional action is taken. Much is at stake if we as a community do not respond to this challenge.
Our vision for the next decade is bold but simple: By 2030, no abortion will be unsafe and every individual who wants access to contraception will have it. We are committed to ensuring everyone is supported to make decisions about their bodies and their futures.
*We use our innovative socio-demographic mathematical model Impact 2 to estimate the impact of our work, and the wider social and economic benefits of providing access to contraception and safe abortion services.