Margaret was one of the first clients to take up family planning with our second partner, Dandelion Africa, in 2013. She had three children aged between two and twelve. Margaret’s wish was to start a business to earn an income and give her children the best possible future. But to do this she needed to prevent a further pregnancy. Despite being told by neighbours in her village that a contraceptive implant was dangerous, she came to a mobile clinic to learn about it herself. Margaret went on to run a greengrocer and contribute alongside her husband towards domestic expenses.
We can’t detail every case here, but Margaret’s story shows that while this milestone is certainly cause for celebration, what we do simply cannot be conveyed in numbers! Community Health Workers, Clinicians and project staff tirelessly inform communities on health, family planning and environmental issues. Only through breaking myths and misconceptions and by winning the trust of women and men, girls and boys, can we truly reach the most marginalised families – those who are most in need.