15 November Philippines update

distribution of dignity kits

To start off its humanitarian response, Family Planning Organzation Philippines yesterday dispatched 3 teams to conduct a rapid assessment of the situation of women and girls in the provinces of Cebu, Iloilo and Samar where it has chapters. The teams will also start coordinating with the local government units for the implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in emergencies. 

In the aftermath of disasters, the life of surviving women and children are especially at risk! Pregnant women face the risk of untimely and complicated delivery. Lactating women need immediate attention and care to be able to continue supporting the life of their young infant. Other women of reproductive age also need care and support as their life may also be endangers as a result of reproductive health problems. Without immediate attention and care, these women may die.

In an emergency like what the country has now, FPOP responds by providing immediate health care to pregnant and lactating women, and other women of reproductive age. It puts in place the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crises, a package of life saving measures intended for women and children.

To implement the MISP, what FPOP does is to coordinate with the local government unit of affected areas, organize mobile teams of RH care providers (obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses and midwives) and support volunteers, launch RH medical missions, and set up referral mechanism and emergency support system. During RH medical missions, the mobile RH teams provide pregnant and lactating women with immediate care and support, and give each one of the women a Dignity Kit – a bucket containing up to 21 personal hygiene items that include, among others, underwear, sanitary napkin, bath essentials, toothbrush, toothpaste, dipper, and a multi-purpose wrap-around cloth locally called “malong” that can serve as towel, blanket, body cover, clothing and baby’s cradle.

We will keep you posted on the progress of our response.