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Mobile Midwives

2016 - Present

Metro Manila and Cebu City, Philippines
Status: Active

Summary

Mobile Midwives

The sex industry in the Philippines has reached alarming levels in recent years with cyber child pornography and prostitution growing by 300% since 2011. The Philippine National Police has declared it the country’s number one crime.

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.

The 10 Jeepney clinics (5 in Metro Manila and 5 in Cebu City) 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

Because the midwives are former victims of sexual exploitation, they are better able to identify others at risk than those who have not experienced it.

With a budget of 594,534.47 USD, this cost-effective, lifesaving, and high impact program is estimated to serve 520,000 people in one year.

Action Plan

Three Phases of RMF’s 3-year Pilot Program

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

Trauma Support Training

  • Attendance of seminars given by the University of Santo Tomas Psycho Trauma Clinic

Assignment to Mobile Clinics

  • Midwives assigned to mobile Jeepney clinics specializing in providing women’s health services
  • 5 Clinics in Cebu City and 5 in Metro Manila

Challenges

Two Key Challenges

Overwhelming Birthrate

  • 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.

Volume of Sexual Exploitation

  • The U.S. Department of State reported between 300,000 to 400,000 women and 60,000 to 100,000 children trafficked annually in the Philippines
  • Cyber child pornography and prostitution have grown by 300% since 2011
  • The Philippine National Police has declared it the country’s number one crime

Because the midwives are former victims of sexual exploitation, they are better able to identify others at risk than those who have not experienced it.



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