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Mobile Outreach

Delivering services to the hard-to-reach and underserved

Our Mobile Outreach team delivers services to women in remote communities.

Women in rural communities in Nigeria face the challenge of accessing quality family planning for miles from their places of abode, requiring them to trek long distances often without results.

For us at Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria, this is not acceptable. It is for this reason that our outreach teams travel long distances by any means necessary to reach under-served women and provide family planning services including short-term and long-term reversible contraceptives.

Outreach is our most effective way of reaching the millions of people who still don’t have access to contraception.

Our outreach services take a range of free or subsidised high-quality and modern contraceptives to women who are not able to access these services.

We have 12 outreach teams who will drive, or trek to deliver services to women in rural and remote communities in Nigeria. And because we offer a range of short-term, and long-term methods, it means the women we reach can get on with their lives without constantly worrying about their health or getting pregnant when they are not ready. Sometimes they do not have to think about it for years.

Who do we reach?

Operating on a wide scale we cover almost 95% of Nigeria's rural communities annually, reaching:

  • Women living in remote, rural locations and urban slums where clinics and hospitals are scarce, too expensive to reach, or there is a shortage of skilled staff and equipment.
  • Women living in areas where modern contraceptive options are limited or prone to stock shortages, and where long-acting or permanent methods such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) are not readily available.
  • Women living in poverty who cannot afford contraceptives or check-ups.
  • More than a quarter of the people we reach are aged 15-24 – a group less likely to use contraception than older women.
  • People with little or no awareness of contraception. Almost half of the people we reached in 2015 were not using a modern method of contraception.

Other ways to access our services

Find out more about our other service delivery approaches: Marie Stopes Centres (Clinics), Mobile Outreach teams and Social Franchising.

Marie Stopes Centres (Clinics)

Our 3 Centres offer a range of reproductive health services to urban communities.

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Marie Stopes Ladies

Marie Stopes Ladies are mobile midwives, working in the community or visiting clients at home. They help us reach women and young girls with discreet and flexible services.

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Social Franchising

We also provide services through social franchise networks, allowing communities across the country to access contraception from quality assured private pharmacies, and all at affordable prices.

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