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Our programme in the Philippines - known locally as Population Services Pilipinas Incorporated - started delivering services in 1991 through just a single clinic in Manila.
Today, the programme is the most established in the Pacific Asia region with an excellent reputation for providing high quality contraception and reproductive health services to the communities most in need.
The Philippines faces many similar challenges to the rest of Pacific Asia when it comes to contraceptive prevalence, such as widespread poverty and conservative attitudes. However, when you also consider the country is actually a cluster of hundreds of islands, you realise the additional difficulties we face in reaching their many communities.
Almost half of all Filipino women are of reproductive age, but only a third of them uses any method of modern contraception. This causes an already large population of more than 100 million to grow rapidly each year, impacting the sexual and reproductive health of the Philippines in a big way.
Maternal mortality is high and has increased to 221 deaths per 100,000 births. At around 17.5% the unmet need for family planning is decreasing but still also remains high, particularly among the young where teenage pregnancies are increasing.
Maternal mortality is high in the Philippines, and has increased to 221 deaths per 100,000 births.
From small beginnings our programme in the Philippines has grown to operate several strategically located clinics, an extensive outreach service and a network of 170 socially franchised midwives and birthing homes.
Through these channels we offer a wide range of modern contraception, family planning counselling, STI screening, and maternal health services. We also work closely with vulnerable groups, such as young people, and actively advocate at community level for improving access to contraception and post-abortion care.
Despite the ongoing difficulties in increasing access to contraception, our programme in the Philippines has had great success with getting family planning on the political agenda. The fact that we were able to do this in what is a highly religious country is testament to the impact our services are having on families, communities, and wider society.
We have been working closely with the government to help implement the ground-breaking Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act – a pioneering law that recognises access to contraception and reproductive health as a universal right.
The law guarantees free access to a range of modern contraceptives for all Filipinos; the right to medical care after an unsafe abortion; and it makes reproductive health education in schools compulsory.
In 2015 our Philippines team, together with our partners, also successfully advocated for two significant changes to the law:
This breakthrough was achieved in part due to our active collaboration with the Philippines government, and will allow us to reach even more Filipino women with vital contraception.
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