Foundation to receive equipment for maternity clinics

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is set to receive 10 sets of maternity equipment for soon-to-be-established midwife-owned clinics.

The equipment will be given through the Well-Family Midwife Clinic Partnerships Foundation Inc. (WPFI).

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KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez bared this to Sun.Star Pampanga, saying the KDF is a member of WPFI.

The partnership with WPFI aims to create midwife clinics in various barangays to improve the maternal services for pregnant women in the rural areas.

The new sets of equipment will be housed in the soon-to-be-established maternal clinics operated by midwife partners, KDF and WPFI.

The WPFI traces its roots to the Technical Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) way back in 1997. The intent of the project was to establish a sustainable mechanism for delivering Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP) services throughout the Philippines by establishing birthing clinics owned and managed by midwives.

Through the project, more than 300 birthing clinics were established all over the Philippines.

In 2002, before the end of the USAid-assisted project, the WPFI was established as mechanism to sustain and continue the successful work of the project. There are currently 300 maternal clinics in the country established under WPFI.

“The Maternal and child health (MCH) care responds to fulfilling three out of the eight important Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations, namely: MDG 3, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women; MDG 4, Reduce Child Mortality; and MDG 5, Reduce Maternal Mortality,” Ordonez said.

Ordonez said a child born in the Philippines is at greater risk of dying than children born in other South Eastern Asian countries, according to the latest results from 2003 National Demographic and Health Surveys (NDHS) conducted by the National Statistics Office.

In the Philippines, for every 1,000 births, 29 children will die before their first birthday (infant mortality rate), and 40 will die before age five (under-five mortality rate).

Although the infant mortality rate in the country has decreased slightly since 1998, it is still high compared to other countries in the region: Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Today, the cost of establishing one clinic varies between P300,000 to P640,000 per clinic depending on the location/region and equity contribution of the midwife. The cost of P640,000 includes the cost of equipment (180,000), renovation (250,000), initial training/organizing costs (100,000), franchise fees (60,000), and feasibility study.

With the WPFI clinics, midwives and cooperatives may establish cost efficient clinics and greatly reduce maternal service cost to affordable levels for rural folks, Ordonez said.

At present, the KDF is opening its doors to midwife partners who would like to open their rural maternal clinics through the help of WPFI.

Ordonez said that interested parties may visit the KDF office inside Clark Freeport or its help desk at the Social Action Center of Pampanga.

Foundation receive equipment maternity clinics

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