Examining DOH’s National Safe Motherhood Program as a Policy Addressing the Increasing Trend in Philippine Maternal Mortality Ratio


The Philippine Government has been actively trying to address issues pertaining to maternal health since the inception of the MDGs. Yet, despite its efforts to reduce the MMR in the country, the MMR trend continues to be high and increasing. As such, the creation of the National Safe Motherhood Program by the Department of Health aimed to answer the past policy issues on Maternal Health. The policy proposed focuses on creating a situation where it could promote safer pregnancy and childbirth through fundamental societal dynamics with strong feedback mechanism coming from the affected sectors. Hence, this study aims to analyze the progress of the said policy through a Normative Approach under a Multiple Streams Analysis Framework. This is done in order to create a concrete means of understanding how the DOH's policy addresses the increasing trend in the Philippine MMR. Ultimately, the National Safe Motherhood Program still has as lot of aspects that it needs to improve on given that some of the issues it tries to solve have sub issues that need to be addressed as well. Particularly, structural and procedural levels do have inadequacies that hamper the progress needed in combatting the high Philippine MMR. Yet, the fact that it acknowledges a number of problems from past experience, allows it to have enough room for improvement through better programs and incentives that would further motivate LGUs and the private sector in adopting the government's policy.

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Karla Camille N. Ruiz, De La Salle University, The Philippines

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Conference: ACSS2016
Stream: Politics, Public Policy, Law & Criminology

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