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The Philippines, with USAID support, is aggressively pursuing the sustainable delivery of quality family planning and maternal child health care (FP-MCH) services and products to meet the needs of its burgeoning population. Given its limited government resources and pressing family health needs, the country has been piloting different initiatives to mobilize public and private sector resources to meet family health needs, particularly for younger women and families living in remote, underserved area.

The Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health Project – Phase 2 (PRISM2) is part of USAID’s continuing initiative to build enduring public-private partnerships that would assure Filipinos the availability of and access to quality FP-MCH products and services. Specifically, PRISM2 provides support to the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, local government units (LGUs) and other national and local partners in their provision of technical assistance to the private sector to strengthen its role in the delivery of FP-MCH products and services. It is implemented in 36 provinces/independent cities nationwide from 2009 to 2014.

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Feature Stories


USAID Facilitates Community-led Models to Improve Access to Health Care in Sugar Farming Communities
USAID, through its PRISM2 project (Private Sector Mobilization Project – Phase 2) has organized Family Wellness Action Teams (FWATs) to establish family health programs for farm-based workers and their families in the province of Negros Occidental, Western Visayas, Philippines. Forty volunteer FWATs from 13 haciendas (plantations) were trained to disseminate information on accessing quality family health services.
Greater Access to Family Planning Solutions
To help improve access of low-income families to quality family planning and maternal and child health services and products, USAID has been training private midwives as providers of quality family health services. One of these midwives is Gertrudis "Nanay Teody" Calzada who has been training her fellow private midwives in basic family planning. She has also been supporting these midwives in their application for accreditation to the national health insurance, PhilHealth.
Sustaining family planning services in hospitals: USAID helps hospitals transform into training institutions to sustain family planning services
USAID trains partner hospital health service providers in the Philippines in Bilateral Tubal Ligation using Minilaparotomy under Local Anesthesia (BTL-MLLA), a safer technique in ligation, making quality BTL service accessible to women with expressed need of ligation. Through its PRISM2 project (Private Sector Mobilization Project -_Phase 2), USAID trained health providers in hospitals in Legaspi City, Albay Province, Bicol Region.
Two-Way Referral System for Quality Mother and Child CareUSAID's /PRISM2 (Private Sevtor Mobilization Project- Phase 2) worked with the City Health Office of General Santos City to institutionalize a two-way health referral system for maternal and child health. The two-way referral system is helping to ease the pressure on the General Santos City District Hospital that is often overcrowded. With the integration of private facilities in the mostly public service delivery network of the city, the initiative is helping to improve the quality of services provided to low-income communities.
Quality Health Care as Social Enterprise
Many women in the Philippines do not have access to quality maternal and child health services, particularly in remote areas. USAID, through its PRISM2 project (Private Sector Mobilization Project - Phase 2), assists and trains private midwives better provide maternal and child health services. Building on the success of her clinic in Lapu-Lapu City, PRISM2-assisted and trained midwife Sheila "Memee" Paquibot opened a second clinic on the island of Olango. Memee's birthing home is providing underserved families with quality family planning and maternal and child health information, products and services.

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