Philippines Struggles To Lower Maternal Mortality

I want to show you an article below about Maternal and Child focusing on national health situations in the Philippines. The article is link below.

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My friend Iris and I had this reflection paper to do a research based in our Pediatric reports. I hope this will give you an insights how to prevent a cause and how to help society in a better environment.

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Here’s our Reflection/ Reaction:

According to the Article, based in my understanding the struggle of mortality rate in maternal and child health situations was very high in the past years. Hence, we already studied about high risk in the Philippines. The number of maternal deaths in a population that occur during a given year per 100,000 live births. This number, which represents the risk associated with a single pregnancy, differs by a factor of more than 100 between the highest and lowest mortality settings and varies widely among developing countries.

Almost all maternal deaths (99 percent) occur in the developing world; including the Philippines. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable. It is very important to assess the patients and have an adequate education to provide health teachings. When mothers are malnourished or ill, or when they receive inadequate maternity care, their children also face high risks of disease and death. This burden of death and illness is borne not only by women and their children, but also by the families and communities that depend upon them.

Most important direct causes of maternal mortality in developing countries are hemorrhage, sepsis, unsafe abortion, eclampsia, and obstructed labor. Other complications may lead to an early termination of pregnancy secondary to ectopic pregnancy, malaria or viral hepatitis which can affect the fetus.

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Another factor that adds to high maternal mortality rate is the low level use of contraceptives like birth control pills, condoms and other forms. This issue gained controversy because it had been constantly debated through the senate. According to research, since majority of the Philippines are Catholic (80% of the population), use of contraceptives is almost equivalent to abortion. Thus, it led to limited access to contraceptives since contraceptives were not widely available in health care clinics. This limited access to contraceptives has negative effects. In 2006, there were three million pregnancies in the Philippines. Half of those pregnancies were unplanned, and one third of the unplanned pregnancies resulted in abortions. A higher rate of contraceptive use will prevent this from happening and will consequently decrease the maternal mortality rate. Reducing risks for maternal, neonatal, and fetal mortality frequently involves behavioral changes for women. It also involves with proper nursing interventions and therapeutic care. Moreover, by having a physician, nurse or midwife who has had formal training present during the birth can decrease the maternal mortality rate. The recommendations in this report focus on strategies that have proven effective in both clinical trials and in large comparable populations as a result in improving monitoring compliance and initiate changes in social behaviors such as prenatal counseling, nutritional supplementation and emotional support.

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Since this topic is also mentioned about “Philippines health insurance and development”. I think it is best to have an easy, affordable and valid prenatal care. Because majority who suffer from this situation are the poor or those who are unable to afford anything. The  goal should be “All for Health. Health for All”. However, the problem in the Philippines is the government or politics itself. Why? Because the health care system in the Philippines doesn’t have enough income to support the community.

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