Dakar, 3rd November 2011: Today marks the first day of outreach services by our newest country programme – Marie Stopes International Senegal.
Our team members, midwives Mborika Fall and Fatou Kine Ndoye and driver Kalidou Kane, headed for the slums around Dakar this morning to work in Ministry of Health posts where long-term methods of contraception are not otherwise available.
After only two hours they had already helped 10 women – proof of the huge need for access to voluntary family planning that exists in Senegal.
This is only the first day. Marie Stopes International in Senegal is working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to try and meet the high demand for contraception.
As the team continues to visit different sites across Dakar - soon they will travel even further into rural areas - thousands more women will benefit from having a choice when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health.
And as the outreach services begin their work, the health centre in Dakar has reached a milestone of its own. After opening less than two months ago it has now served its 250th client.
Of the women that have received family planning from the centre, many are choosing longer term options with 43% of the women choosing an implant and 19% opting for an IUD (intrauterine device).
Congratulations to the team in Senegal for reaching two significant milestones and expanding choice for women in their country.
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