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Philippines. Improving Reproductive Health.

Improving availability of reproductive health services in the Philippines.

Your support could help us to reach 150,000 people with sexual health information.

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Your donation can do something brilliant

Poor availability of sexual and reproductive health services can lead to a high risk for women of death in childbirth, health issues for new born children and high rates of pregnancy. With your support, we hope to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services in 15 cities around the Philippines. We can support women and young people to take control of improving and maintaining their sexual and reproductive health. We will work with local authorities and government bodies to demand full implementation of the Reproductive Health Bill for sustainable improvements in reproductive rights.

We will help more people like Maimma (right), who last year received a contraceptive implant from Oxfam after her neighbour died during her 15th child birth. Now she has more time for herself and hopes to start a business.


Photo: Rhea Catada/Oxfam

What your money can buy

could support the training of a community leader to promote an understanding of sexual health and use of facilities in their community.

could provide a health care facility with medical supplies and equipment to provide pre-natal care to women.

A bit of background

Oxfam has been working in the Philippines since 1989 and specifically on reproductive health since 2011. We are supporting equality for men and women and helping vulnerable groups to demand and access their rights. Amongst the Philippines' 17 regions, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao faces some of the highest levels of poverty. As a minority community in the Philippines, Muslim women face discrimination in many ways, including limited access to health information, exclusion from political participation and specific Muslim laws which are unfavourable in terms of health provision. These women struggle finding jobs or earning a decent living, experience poor health, and are often forced into early marriage to make an income for their families. Women in this region also face the highest risk of death during childbirth (264 deaths for every 100,000 births) than women in different regions. Additionally, only 12 per cent of babies will be delivered in a health facility and only 20 per cent by a skilled professional, compared to 61 and 72 per cent respectively countrywide. Poor information and limited access to health services (including contraceptives) leads to high rates of pregnancy, and their children may also face health issues due to their mothers' limited health care access.

How we're helping

By the end of this project, we aim to have had 150,000 people receive sexual health information, with at least 90% displaying increased knowledge and awareness. We aim to have 90% of Rural Health Units comply with national and global minimum standards of care for sexual and reproductive health services, by delivering essential medical equipment and delivering essential training for public health workers.

We aim to train 75 community leaders to promote awareness and usage of sexual health services and work with their communities to lobby for better quality services. Furthermore, we hope to form a national sexual health network, comprised of more than 40 charities, Department of Health officials, public health workers and health organisations, and hold an annual forum to monitor the implementation of reproductive health rights and laws.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives.

Living in a small rural village in the Lanao del Sur province, women like Salimah are often too ashamed to seek information about family planning or reproductive health services. Valuing their modesty, they would rather go for traditional means when it comes to matters concerning their bodies, including childbirth. "I gave birth to all of my eight kids at home, with the help of the neighbourhood panday (traditional midwife)," shared Salimah, from Sugod village in Marawi City. "I feel less exposed when giving birth at home, plus it's cheaper. I only give the panday a kilo of rice and 500 Philippine Pesos (roughly £8) in exchange for her services." Your support could help women like Salimah access better quality reproductive services to ensure the health of themselves and their children.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.