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Established in 1992, Options has worked in over 50 countries

Our history

Options Consultancy Services was established in 1992 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the international social business, Marie Stopes International. Our initial work centred around providing technical expertise, programme design monitoring and evaluation support to the UK government as the Resource Centre in Population and Reproductive Health.

Whilst improving access to reproductive and maternal health services remains a core area of our work, we have grown to encompass expertise across the health sector in order to build effective and equitable health systems.

Since 1992, Options has worked in more than 50 countries, and has been responsible for launching a number of high profile programmes, including the UK government’s flagship end FGM programme, The Girl Generation, and the E4A-MamaYe programme which uses data to improve decision-making for the health of women and girls. We lead and manage numerous health sector programmes on behalf of international donors, in particular UKAid (DFID), KfW, The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Structure

Our programmes operate through offices in our countries of operation. We also have regional hubs in Kenya, Nepal and Nigeria. Our head office is in central London.

In 2015 we set up a non-profit subsidiary, Options for International Health, to pursue new avenues for our work to transform the health of women and children.

Options UK was launched in 2006, conducting high quality public health research, insight and analysis for health and social care organisations across the UK.

Governance

Options is a private limited company, wholly owned by Marie Stopes International (MSI). Our surpluses are given as Gift Aid to MSI and make a significant contribution to MSI’s mission of children by choice, not chance.

Options' Board of Directors sets the objectives and strategic direction of the company. Simon Cooke, CEO of MSI is chair of the Board. Other Board members are Phillip Harvey, Anne Austen, Megan Elliott and Jo Elms.

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Established in 1992, Options has evolved into a dynamic organisation with a broad portfolio that includes over 900 assignments in 50 countries. We have extensive experience working with development partners to identify and shape complex programmes in the health and social sectors.
Established in 1992, Options has evolved into a dynamic organisation with a broad portfolio that includes over 900 assignments in 50 countries. We have extensive experience working with development partners to identify and shape complex programmes in the health and social sectors.

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