The Philippines’ health statistics, particularly in the Visayas, show high unmet needs for quality MNCHN/FP services, especially among the vulnerable poor and geographically isolated families who comprise nearly one third of the total households.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with EngenderHealth is providing assistance to the Philippines through the VisayasHealth Project. The project will work to address provider bias and myths and misconceptions on FP; promote post-partum and other long-acting and permanent FP methods; and mobilize community networks for health promotion, adopting proven high impact interventions as appropriate. The project will scale up proven and effective practices in the following provinces: Iloilo and Negros Occidental in Western Visayas; Bohol and Cebu in Central Visayas; Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar and Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas.
Partnering with public health and local government officials, private sector and civil society groups, the project will work in eight provinces and 259 municipalities/cities to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 on reducing under-5 and maternal mortality. The following key interventions will be implemented in partnership and close collaboration with the DOH-ROs:
Increase demand for MNCHN/FP services
- Strengthen the skills of CHTs and facility-based providers to promote MNCHN/FP services
- Apply modern communication technology to reach clients
Increase supply of quality MNCHN/FP services
- Enhance CHT skills to offer a basic integrated MNCHN/FP package of services to the community
- Provide regular quality integrated MNCHN/FP ambulatory services in areas of need
- Improve quality and range of integrated MNCHN/FP services at selected static public and private sites
Remove local policy and health systems barriers
- Facilitate promulgation of supportive local policy
- Improve training and facilitative supervision systems
- Improve data management and utilization in LGUs
- Strengthen logistics management systems
- Reduce financial barriers to MNCHN/FP services
To improve the health of families in the Visayas region through strategic interventions on increasing demand and enhancing the supply of maternal, neonatal, child health, nutrition, and family planning (MNCHN/FP) services as well as strengthening the capacity of the Department of Health – Regional Offices (DOH-ROs) as stewards for the implementation of MNCHN/FP programs
- To expand access to high quality integrated MNCHN/FP services to help reduce unmet need for family planning, especially among the poor and women below age 18
- To improve access to quality maternal and newborn care
- To increase exclusive breastfeeding among infants from birth up to six months old.
Last updated: September 14, 2015