The United Nations will continue to support the Philippine government in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, particularly to achieve targets to reduce maternal deaths and ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning. These targets remain top priorities of the government and the UN’s assistance as these are among the targets least likely to be achieved by 2015.
The United Nations continues to support the government’s commitment for a life of health and dignity of all Filipinos by ensuring that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and AIDS, and women and girls are treated with dignity and respect.
In keeping with President Aquino’s universal health care agenda, the UN will continue to assist government to promote, protect and fulfill every Filipino’s right to freely decide on the timing, number and spacing of their children, with the support of other development partners.
Global evidence shows that up to 30 percent of maternal deaths and as much as 20 percent of infant deaths can be averted by ensuring access to voluntary family planning, including contraceptives. The two other strategies to reduce maternal deaths are provision of skilled attendants at birth and access to life-saving services during delivery, which are also part of the UN’s development assistance in the Philippines.
In recognition of government’s renewed efforts to ensure that women and girls, especially the poor and marginalized, do not die of preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth, the UN has increased and will sustain its support to maternal and neonatal health programmes in the Philippines.