MSI-US

For Support Of Testing Behavioral Interventions In Family Planning Programs

Overview
This grant will enable Marie Stopes International US (MSI-US) to collaborate with ideas42 (a Hewlett grantee) to apply principles from behavioral economics to improve how reproductive health services are provided in their clinics in Uganda and Nepal. MSI-US worked closely with ideas42 to identify persistent challenges that could be addressed with behavioral solutions. The project in Uganda will focus on increasing the redemption rates of e-vouchers that are provided to call center clients. In Nepal, MSI-US will test interventions that seek to improve the likelihood of a follow-up visit after a medical abortion, and ways to integrate family planning services as part of this continuum of abortion care.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a project to apply design thinking to reproductive health in Zambia  
Marie Stopes International-US (MSI) is one of the largest family planning and reproductive health service delivery organizations in the world. This grant would support a partnership between MSI and IDEO.org to use design thinking, or human-centered design, to prototype new ways to increase the number of young people who use reproductive health services in Zambia. MSI’s program in Zambia seeks to increase the number of youth using its services, given this population’s high unplanned pregnancy rates, and this collaboration with IDEO.org is expected to provide innovative solutions for MSI to test. This project also seeks to demonstrate to the field the potential value of design thinking as an approach for increasing reproductive health services more broadly. The grant is proposed as part of the Foundation’s new strategy to use new tools and approaches to make sure that no woman has an unintended pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa.
for general operating support  
Marie Stopes International US (MSI-US) is one of the largest international family planning and reproductive health service delivery organizations in the world. MSI’s reach is significant and growing; it operates in forty countries through 611 clinics, 6,000 clinical outreach sites, 1,500 franchised providers, and 8,000 team members. Marie Stopes articulates how it will achieve the desired outcomes in "The Power of Ten", its organizational strategy for 2011–2015, which aims to make the biggest contribution possible to achieving the Millennium Development Goal targets of reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters (against a 1990 baseline) and promoting universal access to reproductive health by 2015. This funding would enable MSI to implement this strategy, focusing on its five-year goals in terms of health impact, organizational capacity building, and enhanced revenue generation.

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