The Philippines is challenged by high rates of maternal mortality, infant mortality, malnutrition, and tuberculosis (TB). HIV prevalence remains low, but there is a spike in prevalence among the most-at-risk- populations. The rate of population growth, estimated at 1.9 percent in 2010, remains one of the highest in Southeast Asia. At the same time, the documented gap between actual fertility (3.3 children per woman) versus wanted fertility (2.4 children per woman) signals a significant unmet need for family planning information, services and commodities.
USAID works with the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) to enhance the capacity of provinces, cities, municipalities and the private sector to provide quality health services. All USAID activities support the Philippine government's Universal Health Care agenda and are implemented through a bilateral assistance agreement with the DOH. USAID-supported programs focus on improving the promotion of and access to maternal and child health, family planning services, tuberculosis treatment, and HIV/AIDS prevention services.
USAID works to increase the availability and accessibility of quality health services by helping the public sector become more efficient and effective, while simultaneously seeking opportunities to strengthen the role of the private sector as an important part of viable service delivery networks.
USAID uses multi-media channels of communication and works with health officials and health service providers to inform the public of appropriate health practices, signs and symptoms of common health disorders, availability of health services and national and local health policies.
Finally, USAID helps the Government of the Philippines develop and implement policies and guidelines to ensure the availability of health commodities; improve health service provision; and assure sustainable financing to improve maternal and child health, promote voluntary family planning and reduce TB and HIV/AIDS prevalence.
Last updated: October 23, 2013