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Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Health experts push for PH policy on teenage pregnancy

Jul 11, 2017 - 5:05 PM

On World Population Day experts call on lawmakers to work towards the enactment of bills tackling the issue of teenage pregnancy in the Philippines

UN Population Fund chief dies

Jun 06, 2017 - 12:21 AM

Babatunde Osotimehin passes away suddenly at his home on Sunday evening June 4 according to a statement from UNFPA

A SUDDEN DEATH. This file photo taken on March 14, 2016 shows actress/activist Ashley Judd and UNFP Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin attending a press conference in New York City. Photo by Jemal Countess/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

U.S. to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion – official

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED In a statement the organization laments the loss of funding by Washington a founding member of the UNFPA

FUNDING CUT. The US plans to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion. Photo from the UNFPA Facebook page

'Difficult time for women' under Duterte admin – Robredo

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:47 PM

It s as if we are transported back to the time where misogyny and bigotry is accepted says Vice President Leni Robredo

WOMEN'S DAY. Vice President Leni Robredo during a forum on women and democracy at Miriam's College on Wednesday, March 8. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

UN agency: Harnessing young girls' potential key for PH

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:45 PM

They hold enormous opportunity to transform the future of the Philippines but this can only happen if they have the right information and skills says UNFPA Country Director Klaus Beck

Over 1 in 10 teenage girls have already experienced giving birth, according to the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study in 2013.

Sex education in PH schools still lacking – UNFPA

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:50 AM

According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with

Less poverty if RH law implemented earlier – NEDA chief

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says poverty reduction in the Philippines has been really very slow since policymakers have not paid attention to population policy

RH LAW. According to young mother Mary Annly Rosete, due to lack of education, she got pregnant at a tender age of 14. She takes care of her 4 children with her husband, who earns a meager income of $3 a day. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

To avoid RH law delays, economic planning chief proposes Duterte EO

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:42 PM

NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia fears the effects of the TRO – maternal deaths teenage pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies – could become bigger social problems in the long run

Filipino youth to next leaders: 'We want jobs, education, and healthcare'

May 05, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The voice of the youth must be at the heart of every conversation regarding their future

Image courtesy Nico Aquino / Rappler

The country's next leaders should focus on the youth

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Reaping the fruits of a demographic dividend is not too late for the Philippines but it will not happen without investing in and involving the youth

Most Filipinos want candidates to prioritize family planning – survey

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:45 PM

A Pulse Asia poll shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe candidates should include family planning in their program of action while 9 out of 10 want the government to allocate funding for family planning services

The kids are having sex and they are not OK

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception they are left banging in the dark

Teen pregnancy down in Asia-Pacific, except PH – report

Feb 03, 2016 - 1:13 PM

There s been little change in the number of teenage pregnancies in the Philippines says a UN agency

Pia Cayetano looking into P1-B cut in contraceptives budget

Jan 07, 2016 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED The senator principal sponsor of the reproductive health law says the surprise removal of the amount from the health department budget is totally unacceptable

Gender-targeting and rethinking disaster response

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The United Nations Population Fund stresses the need for a more gender based approach to disaster response given that women and children are at the greatest risk during emergencies

Focus aid efforts on women, girls in war zones – UN

Dec 04, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The United Nations Population Fund says millions of women and girls swept up in conflict need sexual and reproductive health services as a basic human right

CAUGHT IN CONFLICT. Women and children repatriated from Libya along with other Malians gather outside a civil protection agency in Bamako on December 2, 2015.  Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

MILF backs RH services in Bangsamoro

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The partnership between the MILF and the United Nations Population Fund aims to improve the delivery of reproductive health services in Mindanao

Australia provides more support to PH after Typhoon Ruby

Dec 13, 2014 - 1:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell says the assistance includes health and dignity kits as well as family survival kits for affected families in Visayas and Southern Luzon

AFTER RUBY. Filipino typhoon victims walk amongst debris in the typhoon hit town of Can-Avid, Samar island, Philippines, December 8, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

When talking about sex is easy

Jul 30, 2014 - 3:42 PM

While the reproductive health law now mandates schools to teach sex education the government is also using other ways to bring the message closer to young Filipinos

Tacloban police rescue 5 minors from suspected traffickers

May 21, 2014 - 4:38 PM

The policewoman who apprehended the suspects says her training from the United Nations Population Fund helped her in the case

Tent clinics in Guiuan

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The United Nations Population Fund estimates that some 200 000 pregnant women will need maternal and newborn healthcare services post Yolanda

MEDICAL ATTENTION. Women from Guiuan line up for health services. Photo from Ana Santos/Rappler

Abortion cases in PH rising: 'RH law would be life saver'

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:37 PM

The PH had 600 000 abortion cases in 2011 Local and international experts say those unwanted pregnancies could have been prevented by the RH law

PIONEER. Former UNFPA Executive Director Nafis Sadik says the agenda on reproductive and sexual and health rights must move forward and faster in the Asia Pacific region. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Repro health advocates tell court: No abortion at the forum

Jan 22, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Pasay court notes that anti reproductive health petitioners who seek to stop the conference filed their petition when the event had already opened

[DASH of SAS] Sex, intimacy and the RH law in the time of Yolanda

Dec 17, 2013 - 7:36 PM

Survivors will continue to have sex in the time of Yolanda for a reason that the numbers won t tell you

Cesarean-sections: A first in Basey, Samar

Dec 12, 2013 - 8:59 PM

The task of rebuilding the healthcare systems to ensure these services remains to be one of the most daunting tasks one month after Haiyan

After the storm: Pregnant women need urgent care and attention

Nov 19, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Eastern Visayas the hardest hit region has about 57 000 pregnant women the second highest among 9 regions monitored by UNFPA

[DASH OF SAS] Sex education is good manners and right conduct

Aug 07, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Sexuality education is like biology with life lessons about relationships equality and non discrimination

#SexTalk: What’s a safe, satisfying sex life got to do with it?

Dec 15, 2012 - 2:37 AM

It’s all about being empowered both in the bedroom and in the boardroom

Where girls die while trying to give life

Dec 10, 2012 - 7:57 PM

Peachy and Bibi are more than statistics They are more than survey results they are more than debates they are more than factories to produce OFWs

The RH bill and hopes for a better life

Aug 29, 2012 - 6:54 PM

Filipinos must knock on the doors of their legislators to make sure the RH bill moves in both the House and the Senate

WHO on RH bill: No politics, just facts

Aug 03, 2012 - 6:21 PM

International health organizations stress the need to pass the RH bill for women and the youth

PH needs to 'accelerate' maternal health progress

May 19, 2012 - 2:48 PM

Visiting head of the United Nations Population Fund notes President Benigno Aquino III s apparent support for the reproductive health bill

MATERNAL HEALTH. Poor women end up having more children than they want or can afford. Photo by Rhoda Avila of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines