Baseline Survey on Maternal and Child Health

By: JBJ Consulting, Inc  09/27/2008
Keywords: Social Surveys

PIA Press Release
2007/02/07 JICA urges Biliran officials, health workers to implement together MCH project By Rodrigo S. Victoria Naval, Biliran (7 February) -- With the still very high rate of maternal death in the province of Biliran last year, a top official of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the person of Izumi Murakami who is the over-all in-charge of the JICA-assisted Maternal and Child Health Care (MCH) project in the country urged local officials and health workers to work together for the successful implementation of the project here in the province of Biliran. Records from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that the province of Biliran has posted a maternal death rate of 300/100,000 livebirths which is higher than the national maternal death rate of 272/100,000 livebirths. Records of the Biliran Provincial Hospital likewise showed that there are ten recorded cases of maternal deaths that occured in the province of Biliran in 2006. The project, implemented here in the country in the province of Biliran and Ifugao, according to Izumi Murakami, Chief Advisor of JICA-MCH project said that local officals and health workers here should work together considering that the maternal death rate in Biliran province is very high compared to Ifugao province which only have a recorded maternal death of five last year. The strong appeal of Murakami was made during the dissemination forum of the Baseline Survey on Maternal and Child Health Care (MCH) of the province of Biliran held here recently where local officals, health workers and other stakeholders of the project in attendance. The MCH Baseline Survey was conducted by JBJ Consulting, Inc. in August to September 2006 in which one of the major objectives was to assess the magnitude of maternal death and neonatal death in the province of Biliran Murakami said that the JBJ survey was commissioned by JICA to know the real situation and condition of the MCH in the province of Biliran. She added that the results of the survey are good basis to make a plan of what to do relative to the successful implementation of the MCH project in the province. "This is also one avenue of thinking many different ways of the kind of support that JICA can give in support to the implementation of the MCH project here", Murakami said. Murakami informed that JICA, which is a five-year project, is now on its second year of implementation having launched in the province of Biliran in August 2006 and has still three more years to go before the project will end in 2010. She assured the local officials and health workers in the province of Biliran that they can really gain many good things within the period of implementation of the JICA-MCH project In the first year implementation of the MCH project in the province of Biliran, JICA has provided one computer set to each of the eight Municipal Health Offices, capability building trainings/seminars to health workers, provision of IEC materials, ambulances and a sea ambulance for the island municipality of Maripipi procurement of which will be done this year and many other kinds of support and assistance given by JICA. Murakami reiterated her appeal to the local officials and health workers in the province of Biliran to work together to achieve something and further emphasize the value of commitment because she said witout commitment nothing can happen to the MCH project in Biliran province. (PIA-Biliran)

Keywords: Social Surveys

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