Marie Stopes major focus on SAFE is to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and well-being of women and men and adolescents.
Building linkage to the community and Group formation
Builds linkage between the community leaders and gatekeepers in slums of the project areas. Marie Stopes heavily inputs in initial activities of establishing adolescent and women’s groups and young men’s groups. Total 600 groups with young females and males have been formed for SAFE intervention; 200 in each site in Mohakhali, Jatrabari and Mohammadpur.
Raising awareness on Sexual and reproductive health and right issues
Conducts group sessions of unmarried young adolescents (10-14), unmarried and married 15-29 years females, and 18-35 years unmarried and married males for raising their voice on SRHR issues to ensure safe life of adolescent and young women in slums. Sessions discusses on SRHR and life skills; the rights to consent and choice with regard to marriage, sex and childbirth. The sessions are conducted separately with girls, women and men as mixed groups usually inhibit participation and open discussion.
Providing sexual and reproductive health services from One-Stop Service Centers
Awareness raising activities is backed up by provision of health and legal services from SAFE One stop service centers (OSC). Existing Marie Stopes clinics near the study slums host these SAFE OSSCs. In SAFE OSSCs Marie Stopes provide SRHR services and BLAST provides legal services. In existing Marie Stopes clinics near three study sites is hosting the SAFE one stop service centers. SAFE one stop service center is the focal points for the dissemination of information and advice, service provision and referrals. Marie Stopes provides:
- Family Planning counseling and product distribution
- Safe Menstrual Regulation
- Antenatal , delivery and postnatal services
- Sexual health services and counseling
- Adolescent health services and counseling
- General health
- SRHR and violence related referral services
Develops referral linkages with other institutions for victims of violence and actively participate in development of protocols for dealing with victims of violence;
Monitors intervention activities and maintain the quality of service delivery at the field in collaboration with other four consortium partners. Monitoring is done by monitoring software developed by Population Council and by field visit of three field coordinators assigned for three project areas and total of twenty five facilitators working directly with target population.
Jointly developed awareness raising education materials and booklets.
About Marie Stopes
Marie Stopes International exists to bring quality family planning and reproductive healthcare to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. They have been delivering family planning, safe abortion, and maternal health services for over 30 years. They provide sexual and reproductive health care to millions of under-served women around the world.
Marie Stopes Bangladesh exists to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and well-being of women and men and adolescents in Bangladesh.
The core services provide to all clients from Marie Stopes Clinics in Bangladesh are:
- Family planning (cafeteria of choice) including temporary, long acting and permanent methods
- Ante and post natal care
- General health care
- RTI/STI management
- Menstrual regulation
- Child Health Care
- Supportive pathological tests
- Essential Obstetric Care( delivery) in selected clinics
- Other services –TB (DOTS), Eye Care in selected clinics
- Ultra sonogram services in selected clinics
Marie Stopes also provide services for the high risks group of the society like MSM (Men who have sex with men), Transgender, Intravenous drug users (IDUs), homeless people, Young people and provide Education, reproductive health care and other welfare needs for the slum adolescents of urban Bangladesh.
In addition to its core program, Marie Stopes Bangladesh renders innovative services to the marginalized population through different projects.