A TOTAL of P1.9 million was allocated by healthcare provider, Intellicare, to educate some 5,000 pregnant women in the country on safe motherhood practices.
"We aim to lessen the maternal and infant mortality rates through imparting knowledge on pregnancy and family planning," said Intellicare Corporate Social Responsibility senior manager Luz Teaño during the Safe Motherhood Caravan at the Tesda KorPhil Training Center in Tibungco village, Davao City Thursday, April 20.
Philippine Business for Social Progress - Mindanao Regional Center (PBSP-MRC) Garibalde Alvin Enriquez said the caravan dubbed as "Babae: Malusog, Ligtas, Handa" is the flagship project of the Philippine Business for Social Progress since 2014.
"Since 2015, we have conducted more than 50 safe motherhood caravans and that accounts to more than 10,000 beneficiaries," he said.
Enriquez said that 25 more seminars will be conducted in the country. Of the 25, five will be held in Mindanao while 12 in Visayas and eight in Luzon.
"What we usually do is give out free check-ups and immunization. In Davao City alone, we have served more than 400 beneficiaries this year," he said.
The caravan, Enriquez said, is being held in far-flung areas that have been rarely tapped by the government.
"Piapi is one example. Before, it has the highest pregnancy mortality rate so we decided to educate the women. We have also conducted them in Calinan and Tibungco," he said.
Tea¤o said the efforts of both agencies to curb the pregnancy mortality rates is part of the 17 sustainable goals of the United Nations (UN).
"Since the Philippines is a member state of the UN, it is only necessary that our programs and platforms be aligned with them," she said.
The Safe Motherhood Caravan is the second in Davao City for 2017. Among the topics they discussed include oral hygiene, proper nutrition, Philhealth benefits, family planning and prenatal and post natal care. (ABS)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 21, 2017.
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