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Inherent to Marie Stopes Society’s ethos is working in partnership and collaboration with a diverse range of key stakeholders at all levels. Affirmative in its approach to bring about a sustainable and cohesive development for reproductive health in Pakistan, MSS continues to work in collaboration with its public and private partners and is actively engaged in creating a conducive environment for strengthening reproductive healthcare in the country.
Represented by its expert burgeoning human capital, MSS pursues active membership and advisory roles in health policy reforms and strategic development arms of different government bodies. On the technical forums, MSS holds memberships of various working groups where it provides support on clinical programs, research-based activities, and partakes in international conferences to promote best practices. MSS is also associated with different advocacy-based platforms to rally support and promulgate change on a greater level through creating awareness and advocating reproductive health rights.
Although MSS’s focus is reproductive health service provision, the organization is called upon and partakes in advocacy initiatives for improving policy. MSS was a member of the Core Committee for “Standardization of female Age of Marriage” (legally notified body by the Chief Secretary, Sindh); is a Steering committee member of Pakistan Alliance for Postabortion Care (PAPAC); and has been the convener of the Reproductive Health Steering Committee and its sub group on Communications (notified body by Director General Health) in the past.
The government is a key stakeholder and ally for MSS’s service provision. MSS works in tandem with the local government officials at the district level – MSS district teams are part of district health management committees. In addition, MSS is a member of the Sindh Provincial Population Council; MSS centers are also registered with Population Welfare Department as RHS ‘B” centres (RHS A being PWD’s own centres); MoUs with the Population Welfare Departments of Sindh and Punjab have also been signed in the past to increase and forge support and complementarities in quality standards and services.
Furthermore, MSS teams develop links with local district level partners to instill ownership and accountability amongst all local stakeholders towards improving reproductive health and maternal health indicators in their communities.