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This is further strengthened by the Magna Carta for Women, enacted into law inMarch 2010, which supersedes all laws, Acts and guidelines which are prejudicial ordetrimental to the welfare of women and government is mandated to fully address theissues which are related to health of women. In this sense, the WHO definition of healthis the standard which states that “health is not only the absence of disease/disability butencompasses a person’s state of complete physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being”.Overall Aim of Maternal HealthTo improve survival as well as promote and maintain the optimal health ofwomen and their fetuses and/or newborn through a package of services throughout thepregnancy, prenatal, natal, and postnatal stages.Philosophy of Maternal HealthPregnancy, labor, delivery, and puerperium are part of the total life cycle; it isfamily-centered. Maternal and child health is based on the philosophy of mother andchild relationship in consideration of the entire family, culture, and socioeconomicenvironment.Goals of Maternal HealthThe goal of an effective maternal health program is to ensure that everyexpectant and nursing mother maintains good health; learns the art of child care;undergoes normal delivery; and bears healthy children.Strategic Thrusts for 2005 – 2010Launch and implement the Basic Emergency Obstetric Care (BEMOC strategy).Entails the establishment of facilities providing for emergency obstetric care for every125,000 population, in coordination with DOH, and which are strategically located. TheBEMOC strategy calls for families and communities to plan for childbirth and upgradetechnical capabilities of local health providers.
Improve the quality of pre and postnatal care where the mother should have atleast four (4) prenatal visits and postpartum care after childbirth, miscarriage or unsafeabortion.Reduce women’s exposure to health risks by institutionalizing responsibleparenthood and providing appropriate health care packages for:1.Women of reproductive age (especially those who are less than 18 and over 35years old);2.Women with low educational attainment and financial resources;3.Women with unmanaged chronic illness;4.Women who had just given birth in the last 18 months.LGUs, NGOs and other stakeholders must advocate for health through resourcegeneration and allocation for health services for the mother and unborn child.Ligtas Buntis CampaignLigtas Buntis Campaign is a strategy to increase the visibility of FP as anessential public health service. It aims to improve the access of men, women, andcouples to family planning and safe motherhood services. This campaign bringsaffirmation on women’s co-equal importance in nation building as well as theemancipation of Filipino women’s risks from having too many, too frequent and unsafepregnancies.

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