By Chickie R. Locsin, VERA Files
Four years ago, mothers were dying in the Philippines at the rate of 221 per 100,000 live births.
Given that maternal mortality is a barometer of a country’s health system, those are disturbing numbers. The situation has improved and it is expected that by this year, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) would only be 52 per 100,000 live births..
One group working on reducing the country’s MMR is the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), whose basic mission is to enhance the quality of life of the Filipino.
ZFF President Ernesto Garilao:“Most of the mothers who die during childbirth at home and at public hospitals are poor. If ZFF is to be true to its mission, it must address this inequality.
To better achieve that broad objective, ZFF decided to focus on targets in the country’s Millennium Development Goals for health in partnership with government and other stakeholders in the health sector
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