Project information

The Marie Stopes Blue Door Fund

The Blue Door Fund delivers reproductive healthcare to some of the world's most marginalised women and girls. Being able to chose whether and when to have children, transforms a woman’s life, meaning she can realise her dreams: to continue education, have a career, or care for her family.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Marie Stopes International

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  • Need


    214 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. This is due to numerous barriers including a lack of knowledge and information, available services, or financial means. The result is 89 million unintended pregnancies and 21.6 million unsafe abortions, which represents a major challenge to women’s health, social and economic prospects, peace and security.


    The Blue Door Fund makes it possible for some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women and girls in 37 countries - predominantly in Africa and Asia - to access family planning counselling, contraception and safe abortion services. Gifts to the Blue Door Fund allow MSI to strategically expand our programmes to ensure that we continue to make choice possible for millions of disadvantaged women and girls, through clinics, mobile outreach teams, community health workers and pharmacies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase access to contraception for vulnerable and marginalised women and girls


    » Reaching the most vulnerable through mobile outreach
    » Reducing unsafe abortions among adolescents through social marketing
    » Training and empowering Marie Stopes Ladies to establish community-based maternal and reproductive health services for women and girls

    What success will look like

    Internal data collection systems (Client Information Centr, Client Exit Interviews and etc) track demographic and health information about services users.

    Aim 2

    Increase knowledge and empower women and girls to claim their sexual and reproductive rights


    » Using mobile technologies to increase access to family planning
    » Increasing access to information through call centres
    » Working with community mobilisers to increase community awareness

    What success will look like

    Project reports track the number of people who receive information and education

    Aim 3

    Decrease maternal mortality


    » Increase women and girls access to family planning counselling
    » Removing cultural barriers through community-based advocacy
    » Removing restriction to abortion access

    What success will look like

    Industry-leading modelling tool, Impact 2, estimates key health impacts achieved through service delivery.

  • Impact


    The fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights – including access to contraception – can create more economically and socially resilient communities better able to adapt to change. The long term impact of reaching more women as a result of the Blue Door Fund can be directly demonstrated by the industry-recognised, Impact 2 tool.


    The overriding risk is that the Fund is not sufficiently financed, and country programmes may not be able to maintain their services for women and girls. All MSI programmes develop annual contingency plans as part of emergency strategies to ensure that services continue to be delivered to affected populations. We continue to work with partners and individual citizens across the globe to ensure that women's rights to choose and their access to services is maintained during turbulent times.


    Donors can read about the project in the organisation-wide annual Impact Report, and individual project reports are available for programmes funded through the Blue Door Fund.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,742 Staff Staff Costs (including clinical staff: doctors, midwives, nurses)
      £16,176 Travel Vehicles and equipment for mobile outreach teams
      £11,395 Supplier Commodities and equipment
      £6,321 Office Costs rent and etc
      £2,607 Other implementation costs misc. costs associated with service delivery
      £2,607 Audit, insurance and other com services to ensure programmes adhere to local regulations
      £1,173 Equipment medical equipment to deliver services
      £979 Marketing messaging and publicity to increase awareness of facilities and sexual and reproductive
  • Background


    Blue Door funding is allocated each year to the communities who need it most across the 37 countries in Asia and Africa that MSI works in. All Blue Door funded projects are located in remote and marginalised areas: rural villages, slums, factories, markets and even beaches. Many Blue Door Fund projects are located in areas where there is no other health facility.


    The Blue Door fund reaches women and girls who face multiple obstacles to access contraception, such as those living in extreme poverty; those in rural villages or slums where there are no other health facilities available; adolescent girls who face acute discrimination; and women who have never used contraception before. Our evidence shows us that these are the women and girls who face the greatest obstacles in accessing the contraception they want.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MSI has been working to empower every woman to have children by choice, not chance, for over 40 years. We have become a world leader in delivering sexual and reproductive health services. In 2017, 26.9 million women used a MSI method of contraception. This prevented 8.2 million unintended pregnancies and 5.4 million unsafe abortions. MSI has the expertise, the knowledge and the capability to provide contraception to many more millions of girls and women worldwide.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Adams

    David oversees, the Blue Door Fund, strategic direction for country programme applications and overall project cycle management.

    Megan Elliott

    Currently the COO of MSI, Megan oversees the country programmes that deliver care and services.

    Nils Gade

    Nils provides strategic and operational oversight and results-based management of MSI in East and Southern Africa.

    Dr Carol Sekimpi

    Carol is responsible for the overall strategy, management and development of MSI Uganda’s sexual and reproductive health programme