Programs and projects

How we work

Marie Stopes International Australia is the support office for the Pacific Asia region, based in Melbourne, Australia.

We manage programs in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, as well as projects in Nepal, Myanmar and Viet Nam.


The Mekong Women’s Empowerment Program (Empower) aims to advance women’s economic empowerment by increasing the clinical capacity, business skills and financial independence of entrepreneurial health providers, known as Marie Stopes Ladies, and increasing awareness and access to reproductive health services in Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. By fostering entrepreneurship, the project provides Marie Stopes Ladies with an opportunity to expand their businesses and support women in their local communities. Empower aims to reach over 700,000 women and girls with high-quality, affordable, comprehensive and equitable sexual and reproductive health and family planning (SRH/FP) education, services and products.  

Empower is a four-year program funded by the Australian Government through the Gender Equality Fund and is being implemented by MSI Australia in collaboration with members of the MSI global partnership in Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam until June 2022.

Read a case study from Empower here.

End of program outcomes

  • Women have improved financial independence and greater power and agency to benefit from their economic activities.
  • Increased utilisation of high-quality, comprehensive, equitable and affordable SRH/FP services and products amongst target groups in target locations.

Program results 

During the first two years of program implementation, the Empower program has:

  • Strengthened the capacity of 377 Marie Stopes Ladies to provide high-quality and comprehensive SRH/FP 
  • Built the technical skills and capacity of 377 Marie Stopes Ladies in business, financial management, communication, leadership, marketing and cross-selling.
  • Reached 498,563 community members with SRH/FP information and delivered SRH/FP services and products to 98,139 clients.


For more information on the Empower program, please contact:  

Gabriella Saunders, Regional Program Manager- Empower Program

Keeping Girls in School

Together Marie Stopes International and WaterAid are delivering a three-year integrated water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and sexual & reproductive health (SRH) project in PNG and Timor-Leste. The project aims to improve women and girls’ education, health and social outcomes through menstrual health. The partners are piloting strategies to develop cross-sectoral and cross-cultural solutions to improve girl-friendly WASH facilities, access to menstrual products, education and health services.

End of program outcomes

  • Increased awareness and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services and menstrual hygiene practices among adolescent girls
  • Improved accessibility of MH products through strengthened sustainable business models
  • Strengthened knowledge of and attention to the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights and menstrual hygiene in Timor-Leste, PNG, and the Asia Pacific region.

Program results

  • More than 32,000 girls, boys and adults have increased access to WASH and SRHR information, facilities, and family planning services through teacher training and school and community education activities.
  • 7,440 women and girls are using their choice of contraception.
  • 1,850 students accessing MH-friendly WASH facilities in schools.
  • Over 1,400 locally produced reusable menstrual products sold through supply chain development activities with women entrepreneurs.

The project ‘Keeping Girls in School through Improved Reproductive and Menstrual Health’ is funded through the Australian Government’s Gender Action Platform. It is being implemented through MSI Australia until December 2020.


For more information on the ‘Keeping Girls in School’ program, please contact:
Michelle Laws, GAP Regional Manager