Philippines: Mobile Midwives

Mobile Midwives Report 2016

April 25, 2016


Summary of Activities

In response to the growing concern of sexual exploitation, Mobile Midwives offers a way to educate and empower former victims through an accredited midwifery program and the resources to reach and assist women and vulnerable youth via a fully equipped mobile Jeepney clinic.


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Results &

Accomplishments

  • Philippine Girl

    Mobile Midwives

    Education and Licensure
    • Thirty former victims of sexual exploitation selected for the program through applications, essays, and interviews
    • Attendance of a 2-year Midwifery program accredited by the Philippine Technical Educational Skills and Development Agency
    • Government licensure exam allowing legal practice after passing
    • Registration by the Professional Regulation Committee and the Board of Midwifery
    • Attendance of seminars given by the University of Santo Tomas Psycho Trauma Clinic
  • Jeepney Mobile Clinic

    Jeepney Clinics

    5 in Metro Manila and 5 in Cebu City

    Midwives are assigned to mobile Jeepney clinics specializing in providing women’s health services. The clinics are equipped with health screening supplies and midwifery kits to provide:

    • A sanitary, safe, private, and certified clinic for women to deliver babies
    • Screening for cervical cancer
    • Pregnancy tests
    • Free contraception
    • Family planning advice
    • Breasts exams
    • Identification and support of sexually exploited women and children
  • Overcrowded hospital maternity ward

    Overwhelming Birthrate

    Relief for the Hospitals
    • Metro Manila is home to the world’s busiest maternity ward- 60 to 100 births a day
    • Beds are commonly shared by multiple women
    • In poorer communities, conditions for home births may be unsafe or unhealthy without the appropriate support from a midwife
      The clinics can accommodate births helping alleviate the over crowded maternity wards and their mobility will enable them to meet patients where they are.
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Background

& Objectives

Background

In the Philippines, sexual exploitation is on the rise, child pornography is the nation’s number one crime, and adequate women’s health services are difficult acquire. Real Medicine Foundation aims to sponsor 30 former victims of sexual exploitation to an accredited midwifery program and empower them to use the resources necessary to reach and assist more women and vulnerable youth, by means of a fully equipped mobile Jeepney clinic.


Objectives
  • To empower former victims of sexual exploitation through the sponsorship of 30 women to a 2-year Midwifery diploma accredited by the Philippine Technical Educational Skills and Development Agency.
  • All graduates successfully pass the licensure exam and are registered by the PRC and Board of Midwifery.
  • Customize 10 Jeepney units equipped with health screening supplies and midwifery kits
  • Identify victims of or prevent sexual exploitation. Since the midwives are former victims of sexual exploitation, they are better able to identify others at risk than those who have not experienced it.
  • Provide sanitary, safe, private, certified clinics for women to deliver babies, screen for cervical cancer, take pregnancy tests, receive free contraception, family planning advice, and breasts exams.
  • Screen 200 individuals a day, 5 times a week- reaching 520,000 people a year.
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