Public Private Partnership

MS Ladies

This unique model assures the sustainable provision of sexual and reproductive healthcare and family planning (SRH/FP) services and products for women with unmet need, as well as sustainable income for Marie Stopes (MS) Ladies at minimal ongoing costs.

Existing nurses, midwives and trained community health workers who desire to generate additional income for themselves and their families often face barriers to pursuing entrepreneurial work, including education and training needs, a lack of capital or quality supplies and scarce professional networks and support. Through the MS Ladies program, these healthcare workers are provided with training, marketing and communications support, quality assurance and supervision. 

MS Ladies purchase commodities from Marie Stopes Vietnam at cost price and make small margins through charging affordable fees to clients for products and services. MS Ladies also counsel women on long- and short-term contraceptive methods and safe abortion and refer clients who need additional service to local health centres. 
By charging a small and socially acceptable fee for services MS Ladies are able to operate sustainably without continuing donor support.
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