MSI CEO Simon Cooke reflects on the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin


May I add my own condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of UNFPA.

I was fortunate to work closely with Dr Osotimehin on the FP2020 Reference Group and during that time I witnessed first-hand his profound commitment to women and girls and their right to access modern contraception, information and services. He was a tireless advocate for family planning and reaching the most underserved and marginalised in the communities in which we work. Personally, he made me feel welcome – as someone new – into a sector that has worked tirelessly for so long to realise the right of every individual to sexual and reproductive health. Professionally, Dr Osotimehin brought a welcome wit and charm to the Reference Group meetings.

His sudden passing was a profound shock. I and my Marie Stopes International colleagues around the globe will continue to work to achieve the vision that Dr Osotimehin worked so passionately towards, for the girls and women of the world.


Simon Cooke

CEO, Marie Stopes International