Innovations in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines

Reporting Organization:Inter Pares
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 2,300,000
Timeframe: March 24, 2016 - March 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Inter Pares

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Philippines (the) - $ 2,300,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (25 %)

Newborn & Child Health (25 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (25 %)

Sexual Health & Rights (25 %)

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The $2.3-million Innovation in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines initiative aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in urban slums and typhoon-ravaged communities in the Philippines. It will help improve the delivery of basic MNCH services such as family planning, skilled birth attendants, emergency obstetric care, and newborn care. The initiative will also establish an integrated network of four trusted, non-profit MNCH clinics to deliver essential health services and outreach to benefit mothers, pregnant women/girls, newborns and children. The initiative will contribute to strengthening health systems and reducing disease. It is also aims to increase Canadian public engagement in MNCH issues.

The five-year program will benefit poor communities in typhoon-ravaged Eastern Samar and three urban slum communities in Metro Manila. Inter Pares will work with its counterpart, Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health, to improve the delivery of basic maternal, newborn and child health services; expand access to the national health insurance program and other programs benefiting marginalized women; and raise awareness of safe motherhood practices.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Urban
Total Direct Population: 34,794
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3 Birthing clinics operational
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The Likhaan’s Zaragosa clinic was successfully opened in Manila, the Philippines in April 2017. The clinic is the first in a series of four clinics to be established within the framework of Inter Pares’ program “Innovations in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines,” co-funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. At the clinics, women will be able to access a suite of reproductive health services, including family planning, pre- and post-natal care, and high-quality, respectful and compassionate birthing services.

A particularly innovative component of this program involves increasing poor people’s access to PhilHealth, a national health insurance program. When this funding ends in 2020, Canada will have established birthing clinics and women’s health centres that will be both models of care and self-financing,

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2018 include : (1) three birthing clinics in Metro Manila and the one birthing clinic in Eastern Samar are now fully operational; (2) 21,364 clients were provided with maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services through the clinics or outreach services; (3) 362 community volunteers have been recruited, trained, organized and mobilized for health promotion and to facilitate access to MNCH services, including during health emergencies; and (4) 13,068 people were reached through education and information campaigns promoting safer MNCH practices.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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