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.

​Our impact

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.

The services we provided in 2020 resulted in an estimated:

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.

Making choice a reality for all

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 su​pported 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, t​o make reproductive choice a reality for everyone​.

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