Who We Are
Established in 1993 Marie Stopes South Africa is the country’s largest non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services. We are part of the 38 country-strong Marie Stopes International Global Partnership, allowing us access to the latest innovations and expertise in the field of sexual and reproductive health.
We seek to impact the quality of life in South Africa by decreasing maternal and infant mortality, averting unsafe, illegal abortions, decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies through contraceptive uptake, reducing the impact of HIV, STIs and cervical cancer and expanding our services whenever and wherever possible.
In South Africa, we operate 14 centres across 7 provinces and are a Section 21 non-profit organisation recognised for the quality of our clinical services and our non-judgemental, client-friendly approach. The fees we charge for our services are cross-subsidised across our network, meaning centres are able to offer prices that best suit the communities they serve. Any surplus we generate is reinvested back into our core work, allowing us to grow our reach and range of services.
Our team is passionately pro-choice. At Marie Stopes South Africa pro-choice refers not only to reproductive freedom and the right to a safe abortion but also the choice of when and with whom to have sex, regardless of sexual orientation.
What We Do
At Marie Stopes we offer a full-service package of sexual and reproductive health services and are regularly growing our service offering to remain up-to-date and able to meet our clients’ evolving needs. Our services include:
- Safe abortion
- Short and long acting contraceptives
- Emergency contraception
- Pregnancy tests and scans
- Pap smears/cervical cancer screening
- Women’s wellness exams
- HIV counselling and testing
- Screening and management of STIs
- Medical male circumcision
We have established a successful public-private partnership model with government at both district and hospital level across the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), with aims to expand these types of agreements across the country. A recent report on this model commissioned by the European Union identified it as a successful tool to reduce the burden on public facilities and ensure patients have access to expert, quality care. Our work is closely aligned with government at various levels, through contracting, training and alignment to the Contraception and Fertility Planning Policy, the National Strategy on HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs and increasingly the Integrated School Health Policy.