Jun 26, 2010

Economic Hardship Increases Fertility Rate In Philippines


A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health think-tank revealed that the unmet need for family planning is very high. With half the population living on less than $2/day, paying for contraceptive is NOT an option. According the 2008 Demographic Health Survey (DHS), Philippine women desire one less child in their families. This increased fertility negatively impacts the maternal mortality rate as well as creating many unintended pregnancies. Life For Mothers recognizes that Philippine women and women all over the world require access to contraceptive services to become empowered and uphold their reproductive rights. With the new Obama administration a policy shift to increase access for family planning is becoming a reality. In addition, the President-elect Benigno Aquino has promised to pass the Reproductive Health Bill which would provide money for universal access for contraceptive services. Life For Mothers will closely monitor the conditions on the ground and advocate for universal access for poor women worldwide. Here's the link: http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=89447

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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