Gaps and opportunities in the access and quality of RMNCA health services in the Philippines: A Review of Existing Evidence

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In this report, G-Watch presents its review of evidence on the access and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn, children and adolescent health (RMNCAH). The report summarizes key points from 80 related reports, studies and documents reviewed, presenting the profile of Philippine health governance, including the legal framework, the key policy actors, and the major programs and services; the barriers and challenges in the access to quality reproductive, maternal, neonatal, children and adolescent health; and the relevant gaps and opportunities. 

The report informs PRO-Health (Promoting Rights Organizing in Health), a health rights organizing initiative of G-Watch with Accountability Research Center (ARC), several other civil society groups and local governments. PRO-Health aims to strengthen transparency, participation and accountability in public health governance by building coalitions and alliances among citizens, groups, communities and government allies around health rights, and by facilitating learning and problem-solving among accountability frontliners, rights defenders and allied government champions to come up with pro-people and bottom-up solutions to systemic barriers and hurdles to reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health services. It particularly looks into three key programs and policies: reproductive health, First 1000 Days and mental health. PRO-Health is part of ARC’s health rights frontliners initiative that aims to learn with, from and for frontline health rights defenders and accountability frontliners in Guatemala, Mexico and the Philippines. PRO-Health is currently operating in 13 localities in the Philippines.