Clinic partnership steps up efforts to reduce maternal deaths in the Philippines

FriendlyCare, a new birthing home, provides accessible and quality maternal care in post-Yolanda Tacloban

Despite ongoing rehabilitation efforts in the areas struck by Yolanda, countless survivors are yet to fully recover from the destruction left by the super typhoon last November 2013.

Some of the challenges the survivors still face include the lack of decent housing and inadequate access to clean water. In Tacloban, the hardest hit among other affected areas in the Visayas, families are also experiencing an urgent need for quality and accessible maternal care services due to the rise of pregnancies. With a local healthcare system unable to provide sufficient coverage for struggling communities, maternal deaths remain a serious issue.

To address the inadequacy of maternal care in Tacloban, Philips, the Friendly Care Foundation, and the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) are launching the FriendlyCare Birthing Home and Family Health Clinic on December 8 at Sagkahan district in Tacloban in an event called “Buntis Fiesta”. Aside from the clinic opening, the event will include family planning sessions, pre-natal check-ups, and fun-filled talent competition among pregnant women from the barangays.

The birthing home, which will be operated by Friendly Care, powered by Philips technology and supported by PEF, will initially serve as a birthing and lying-in facility for mothers in the disaster-stricken city.

Before full operation on December 8, the clinic will already start conducting pre-natal checkups starting November 28. For more information, call FriendlyCare at 09163458928.