Reproductive Health

Asia needs to invest in youth’s reproductive health

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 28, 2014

MANILA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Investing in the youth’s sexual and reproductive health is the key to stemming some of developing Asia ‘s major health challenges increasing HIV infections and maternal deaths.

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Reproductive and sexual health and rights in Asia Pacific

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 21, 2014

Some 3,000 delegates are attending the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) which kicks off at the Philippine International Convention Center today. They include government policy makers, program implementers and development partners who are reviewing the region’s accomplishments and programs for diverse populations, particularly adolescents and youth, women of…

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As population grows, Aquino pushes anew for RH law

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 7, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – With the Philippine population predicted to hit 100 million this year, President Benigno Aquino III made another push for the stalled reproductive health law, saying responsible parenthood is all the more important.

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Rising population both a challenge and an opportunity’

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 6, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said yesterday a growing population presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the country even as it stressed that measures are in place to ensure that everyone would benefit from economic growth.

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Infant deaths reveals risks to moms in typhoon-hit Philippines

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 4, 2014

A United Nation’s agency warns that more than three million women and girls of reproductive age could face risky deliveries in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines since the storm destroyed many health facilities that provide much-needed pre- and post-natal care.

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Longer breastfeeding tied to better development

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 27, 2013

NEW YORK — Children who were breastfed for more than six months scored the highest on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers, in a new study from Greece. Earlier research tied breastfeeding to better thinking and memory skills. But how it’s related to language skills and movement and coordination had been less clear.…

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Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 5, 2013

MANILA, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) – The massive destruction of healthcare facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts.

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World population to peak by 2055: report

Published by reposted only Date posted on September 9, 2013

The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people in 2055 and then decline to 8 billion by 2100, according to new research by Deutsche Bank. Its projections contrast drastically with previous forecasts by the United Nations (UN), which sees world population continuing to rise until 2100.

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SC extends order stopping RH law

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 16, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 16 extended the status quo ante order (SQAO) freezing the implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health law.

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Survey: Pregnant mothers nutritionally-at-risk

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 14, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – One in every 4 pregnant Filipino women is nutritionally at risk. This is according to a 2011 survey on updating the nutritional status of Filipino children and other population groups conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). The survey results were initially released in April 2012.

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Number of Pinay teenagers giving birth up by more than 60 percent in 10 years, 3rd highest in ASEAN

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 10, 2013

(Updated 2:18 p.m.) – From 2000 to 2010, the number of live births by teenage mothers in the Philippines rose by more than 60 percent, latest data from the National Statistics Office showed.

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Teenage maternal deaths up, NSO says

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 9, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The number of teenage girls getting pregnant has risen while the number of underage marriages has decreased in the span of a decade.

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A hard look at abortion in the PH

Published by reposted only Date posted on July 2, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – At the height of the debates surrounding the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RH law), many pro-life groups vowed that passing the law could signal the country’s transition to legalized abortion.

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A hard look at abortion in the PH

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MANILA, Philippines – At the height of the debates surrounding the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RH law), many pro-life groups vowed that passing the law could signal the country’s transition to legalized abortion.

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World population to hit 10.9 billion by 2100

Published by reposted only Date posted on June 13, 2013

UNITED NATIONS – The world’s population will hit 7.2 billion next month and is projected to reach 10.9 billion by 2100, powered by births in poor countries, the United Nations said Thursday, June 13.

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Investing in RH, women’s health yields economic dividends – World Bank

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 29, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR – Global experts on Tuesday urged governments and the global community to invest in girls and women’s programs, including reproductive health, as this leads to major economic returns and other benefits.

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Birthing facility project garners global CSR award

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 27, 2013

Naybahay, a rural birthing facility project spearheaded by Pfizer Philippines Foundation Inc., was one among 20 corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects recognized with an award of merit at the 5th Global CSR Summit hosted by the Philippines in Davao City last April.

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Philippines not a good place to be a mother

Published by reposted only Date posted on May 7, 2013

PH ranks 106th on list of best places to be a mother MANILA – The Philippines is among the worst places in Southeast Asia to be a mother, according to an annual report of Save the Children released on Tuesday.

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Longer paid maternity leave pushed for working moms

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 26, 2013

If there were a way to stop time from ticking, Jennilyn Jimenez would have instantly considered that option. It’s just been a month since she gave birth to her son, and now will only have a month more to take care of him before she goes back to work.

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Pro-RH groups question impartiality of church-backed Comelec citizens’ arm

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 13, 2013

(Updated 4:35 p.m.) Pro-reproductive health (RH) groups on Wednesday questioned the independence of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), which is accredited by Comelec as its citizens’ arm, due to its close links with the Catholic Church.

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233 million women lacking contraception

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 12, 2013

AN estimated 233 million women in their fertile years will lack access to modern contraception by 2015, up from 221 million in 2010, according to a UN funded study.

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Youth access a concern in RH IRR

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 10, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – It was a fitting way to celebrate Women’s Day. A group of more than 500 people from various sectors of government and NGOs gathered together, most of them dressed in purple, for a public consultation regarding the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

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UNFPA: 14.2 M child brides every year

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MANILA, Philippines – More than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said yesterday.

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The Catholic vote

Published by reposted only Date posted on March 6, 2013

INSTEAD of my column, I have reproduced below “The Catholic Vote, Anyone?,” an essay written by Ramon D. Echica, PhD. The opinions expressed in this essay assume great significance to me because he is Dean of Studies of San Carlos Major Seminary in Cebu. In other words, he is a priest. He received his doctorate…

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Population ratios favorable for the Philippines

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 22, 2013

THE PHILIPPINES has some of the best population ratios, Fitch Ratings said, in contrast to advanced economies facing the prospect of reduced labor forces. “In advanced economies, the elderly are expected to make up a rapidly rising proportion of their populations over the next 30 to 40 years,” the debt watcher said in a report…

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Philippine birth control law takes effect

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 18, 2013

A controversial birth control law came into effect in the Philippines Thursday after more than a decade of bitter opposition from the Catholic church, in an historic move welcomed by many women.

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Leave benefits for women who undergo surgery

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 15, 2013

Dear PAO, I recently found out that I have a condition, which requires the removal of both of my ovaries. My doctor advised me to take several weeks off from my job to recuperate.

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RH law to take effect this week

Published by reposted only Date posted on January 7, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The controversial Reproductive Health Law is set to take effect this week after President Benigno Aquino III signed the measure last Dec. 21.

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PH population to increase by 85%, ‘good for economy’

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 9, 2012

The Philippine population will grow by 85 percent in the next six decades, according to a forecast of a United Kingdom-based international accounting and finance firm.

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Philippines House passes reproductive health bill

Published by reposted only Date posted on December 8, 2012

(CNN) — Lawmakers on Monday approved legislation calling for government-funded contraception and sex education classes in the Philippines, a first in the heavily Catholic nation.

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