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Promoting health through the life course

How bitter herbs and botched abortions kill three women a day in the Philippines

In a country where most women don’t use contraceptives and terminating pregnancy is illegal, ‘torturous’ practices are often the only option. More than 65% of women don’t use modern contraceptives, and maternal mortality rates are still high in the Philippines, standing at 114 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015. Although it’s against the law to end a pregnancy in the Philippines, an estimated 610,000 abortions take place every year

July 10, 2017
The Guardian

As H.I.V. Soars in Philippines, Conservatives Kill School Condom Plan

‘The Philippines has the fastest growing HIV infection rate in Asia and it is risking letting the infection get out of control,’ according to Steven Kraus, director of UN Aids Asia and the Pacific. The decision to scrap a plan to hand out condoms to school seniors and train teachers to counsel students on how to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, was knocked down by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians

February 28, 2017
The New York Times

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Dengue cases rise 84.5% in Bacolod

The Philippines Bacolod City Health Office urged residents once more to “search (for) and destroy” mosquito breeding places after recording an 84.5 percent spike in dengue cases from January to July. CHO records showed that as of July 8, 535 cases, including five children who died, were recorded compared to only 290 and two children dead during the same period last year

July 14, 2017

Dealing with increasing cases of monkey malaria in humans

There are increasing reports of monkey malaria, most of which are due to P. knowlesi, and which has established itself as the fifth Plasmodium species that infects humans. It has not been determined whether P. knowlesi is naturally transmitted from one human to another by the mosquito, without the natural intermediate host (monkeys). As such, P. knowlesi is still considered a zoonotic infection. There were 4,553 and 204 cases reported from Sabah and Sarawak, and Peninsular Malaysia from 2004 to 2016 respectively. The infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and China with 465, 37, 33, six, five, three, one and one cases respectively

June 25, 2017

Dengue cases up in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City health officials are reporting an increase in dengue fever cases prompting them to warn of an imminent outbreak. Based on data from the City Health Office, dengue cases for the months of April and May were significantly higher, registering 130 and 188 cases, respectively, as opposed to 97 and 127 cases reported last year for the same time period. Most cases are reported in children

June 23, 2017
Outbreak News Today
June 25, 2017
Hiru News
June 22, 2017

Red Cross fears disease outbreak in Marawi City

The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed apprehension of a disease outbreak in evacuation centers by prolonged displacement as a result of the ongoing fighting in Marawi City. The ICRC has observed an increase in the number of reported cases of diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, hypertension and fever in different health facilities providing medical assistance to the displaced residents, particularly those who are staying in evacuation centers. “The health situation is not yet critical at this point, but we fear that this may worsen in the coming days with prolonged displacement,” said Jose Amigo, Health Coordinator of the ICRC in the Philippines

June 9, 2017

Dengue cases up 96% in Bacolod

The City Health Office recorded a 96% increase in dengue cases in the first five months of 2017 with 310 patients compared to the period a year earlier when there were only 158 cases. There have been five deaths from dengue so far this year compared with one a year earlier

May 27, 2017
Manila Times

Cholera confirmed in Carnaza Island

At least 129 people have fallen sick in a cholera outbreak on Carnaza Island in the Philippines. The country’s Department of Health has sent experts to the island to respond

March 2, 2017
Sun Star
March 1, 2017

Non communicable diseases

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

President Rodrigo Duterte`s brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime. Most victims of Duterte’s war are small-time users and dealers, while the masterminds behind the lucrative drug trade are largely unknown and at large, say critics of Duterte`s ruthless methods. If the strategy was working the laws of economics suggest the price of crystal meth should be rising as less supply hits the streets. But the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency`s own data suggests it has become even cheaper in Manila

June 25, 2017

Cancer Taught Me To Love Sunsets

Jheric Delos Angeles, founder of the Lymphoma Philippines Foundation, writes about his experience as a twice diagnosed cancer sufferer in a developing world country who had to raise cash for his treatment and learnt how the technology for treatment is not there in some far flung places. Now he is fighting to help create better access to healthcare for fellow cancer sufferers through his foundation

June 1, 2017
Huffington Post

Health systems

P1.4B dengue vaccine undispensed, mired in controversy

The Philippine government procured 3 million doses in 2015 for P3 billion to strengthen its anti-dengue campaign. It was meant to immunize one million public school students. Touted as the world’s first dengue vaccine, the cache of Dengvaxia is a remnant of the previous administration’s school based dengue immunization program. Today, less than half a million children have been vaccinated. An estimated P1.44 billion worth of vaccines continue to sit idly in the ice-cold storage. Dr. Anthony Leachon, past president of the Philippine College of Physicians, said the previous government should have purchased vaccines based on the number of parents who consented to the vaccination of their children, not the number of target beneficiaries

June 21, 2017

59 people evacuated from militant-besieged Marawi have died of illnesses: Philippine officials

At least 59 evacuees displaced by the fighting in Marawi City in southern Philippines have died of various illnesses, Philippine health officials have said. Muslim Mindanao health secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding said the fatalities include three children, who had died of dehydration, and two adults, who had complications of hypertension. “There are 40 cases of deaths due to dehydration” and the 19 others had died of conditions existing before the fighting started on May 23, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said

June 17, 2017
Straits Times