Pregnancy / Childbirth equals Death in PH?

11:43:00 PM

^ ... a questionable fact, deem unacceptable!

Tacloban, Philippines - Prior to our flight, I was curious to find out the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country, then discovered that about 4,600 women die giving birth year after year but data and numbers has relatively decreased as follows: 

Tacloban City Airport -
heavily destroyed.
runway repaired.
power supply restored.
back to normal operations and better!

In the early 90s, maternity-related death notices was 209 as 10 mothers die each day; 
Reports fell to 172 in 1998 then 162 in 2006, 140 this year and thought that 52 (per 100,000 live births) as target is inviting yet a challenge! 

Sources: WHO, Unicef, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, NSO Manila (2005 & 2006) 

Early this year, Philips, a global leader that gives innovative solutions to health and well-being has partnered with FriendlyCare Foundation Inc. (FCFI), as well as Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), a social impact investor, discussed solutions to avert the issue and deliver healthcare services to the community of Tacloban (pleased to be called "Taclobanons").

Through this collaboration, they have officially opened...
FriendlyCare Birthing Home and Family Health Clinic

"This is not a competition but a partnership within the community."

Philips' intention is to help Philippines address several trends and challenges the healthcare now facing which includes inadequacies in health system infrastructure to people residing in the area.

"Helping a community is always a collaborative effort, and working to provide accessible, quality maternal care," said Malone Guevarra (third from the left ^), Philips General Manager for Healthcare. "By making sure that there are enough facilities for expecting mothers and providing each of them with adequate technological support, we can make great strides in reducing maternal deaths in the country."

FriendlyCare Foundation Inc. is an innovative, private sector family planning organization founded, funded and run by some of the top Filipino health and business leaders. FCFI fills a much needed market niche by providing "Quality Care at an Affordable Price" to middle and lower income families. FriendlyCare Birthing Home and Family Health Clinic (seventh clinic, Dec. 2015) aims to provide accessible and quality health care to soon-to-be mothers of Tacloban while recovering from the terrible destruction of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda, two years ago. 
Needless to say, everyone of us has the right to the proper health care and protection. Doctors, skilled health personnel must be physically accessible, affordable and available, where and when needed.


FriendlyCare have extended so much effort as everything began after Yolanda when they manned the "hospital in a container"; "This is our first collaboration with Philips and through this clinic, we will be able to provide quality maternal care for expectant mothers and guide them through stages - monthly check-ups during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond," said FriendlyCare President Tess Panganiban. 

Jennylyn, 25 years of age, expecting their 3rd child (Boy, Girl, Boy), due on January 2016 
Delighted as FriendlyCare is relatively LESS expensive than a regular hospital birth, especially for PhilHealth Members.

They had a 2-part event, one was Buntis Fiesta last 27/Nov - Individual and Group Competition and she was pregnant then...
Congratulations Tin-Tin, so cute! 

FriendlyCare Birthing Home and Family Health Clinic is NOW OPEN to serve and meet the primary health care needs of local residents of Tacloban and nearby provinces.  


Pre and Post Natal Care | Normal Delivery Package* | Newborn Screening and Baby Care | Well Baby Care | Pregnancy Test | Pap Smear | Immunization | Baby Ear Piercing | Circumcision | Ultrasound | ECG | Family Planning Methods & Counselling

*For an unplanned / emergency Caesarian delivery, a Memorandum of Agreement has been written and signed between FriendlyCare and Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Hospital, being the nearest in the area, with a 24/7 Ambulance Service

For more information, please contact FriendlyCare Foundation Inc. at +639163458928


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  1. Being a health professional, I would've have loved to witness such a significant contribution to the improvement of maternal health.I hope more of them would be established in other parts of the country.

  2. This is a nice project from FriendlyCare Foundation Inc. This is much needed especially those in the middle and lower income families. Good job!

  3. It's wonderful news to finally see healthcare services being offered. It's a big help.

  4. Such a great projects. I hope more companies would be involved in building up our communities. :)

  5. Great project from Phillips and Friendly Care Foundation. I hope they continue helping other people especially women and children.

  6. This is indeed a great project of Friendly Care, not only for giving what all women deserve when pregnant but also helping Tacloban. Two thumbs up! Good Job.

  7. Oh wow, this is a really nice project! I'm glad brands are beginning to reach out to communities that need the most help.

  8. Glad to know there are organizations helping Tacloban in healthcare services. And thank you for sharing!

  9. This is certainly good news for all Taclobanon moms and moms-to-be! If more moms in Tacloban will avail of the services of this birthing clinic, then maternal mortality in this province will surely go down.

  10. Wow this is really a great blessings and good news for the Tacloban community. I'm so happy also knowing this service. Sana magpatuloy :)

  11. It's so nice to hear that Tacloban is slowly regaining itself and even improving. This birthing home and health clinic will certainly be a valuable addition to the community.

  12. Such a noble advocacy! Tacloban especially needs these state of the art machines. Hope they reach other provinces also!

  13. I'm glad that there's Friendly Care birthing home and a family clinic to give services to the people in Tacloban. Yes, everybody have the right to the proper health care and protection.


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