Family Planning in the Philippines: A Global Wake-Up Call for Policymakers

September 23, 2008 • Family Planning, Philippines, News

Thanks to Tod Preston, Vice President for U.S. Government Relations of Population Action International, for this article on the situation in the Philippines.

“Birthrates Help Keep Filipinos in Poverty” – that’s the headline of an April 21, 2008 Washington Post article highlighting the plight of a growing number of poor women in the Philippines who lack access to one of the most basic forms of health care: family planning (FP) and reproductive health services. The article, which mentions that the U.S. is scaling down its FP program in the Philippines, should be a wake-up call for policymakers about the global impact of declining FP assistance on the lives of hundreds of millions of men and women in the Philippines and other developing nations.

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