World Bank grant to increase maternal health services in the Philippines

24 Apr 2012 | Maternal health
The World Bank has approved a grant of US$3.6 million to our programme in the Philippines to increase access to affordable maternal health services.

The grant has been made as part of the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) and specifically aims to increase access for low-income families. 

The project will reach around 145,000 poor families (an estimated 700,000 individuals) living in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar in the Eastern Visayas region of the country with heavily subsidised maternal health services including birth delivery and pre- and post-natal care.

World Bank Country Director for the Philippines, Motoo Konishi, commented: “This output-based aid scheme supports the new government’s reform agenda to achieve universal access to health care. The project also makes access to quality health services affordable through the subsidized voucher component and more inclusive by explicitly targeting the poor.”

The project will be implemented over a four year period by our programme in the Phillippines, Population Services Pilipinas Incorporated (PSPI).

Chief Executive Officer of PSPI, Virgilio Pernito, welcomed the news, saying: “We are enthusiastic about using an innovative approach, as part of a joint effort with PhilHealth, to meet the needs of a population that cannot afford to pay for access to basic health services and to support the government’s commitment to reducing maternal and infant mortality.”

Virgilio Pernito is also a member of the Marie Stopes International Board of Trustees.