While women comprise the majority of those helped, it is noteworthy that one man opted to take advantage of the opportunity to have a non-scalpel vasectomy. It is a milestone to achieve a little bit of man-involvement in a culture of machismo.
Myths surrounding contraceptive methods, and great gender inequalities, are two major challenges faced in the Philippines. Moreover, women are not always able to make trips to community health centres, because they have to stay home to care for their children.
To overcome the latter barrier, family planning projects have started visiting prospective family planning service users at their homes. Continuous education and information about sexual and reproductive health will be required to eventually overcome the former barrier.
There is no doubt that a good population regulation strategy would benefit the Philippines. In 2005, Aniceto Orbeta, a research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, proved that big families today face greater poverty than they would have in the past.
The economic situation of smaller families, however, has improved significantly in the past few decades. PopOffsets’ partnerships with the Caloocan City Health Department, the Caloocan Private Midwives Association, the Philippine Society of Reproductive Health Nurses, LuzonHealth and the Population Services Pilipinas Inc can contribute to further improvement.
We are delighted to see that funding of small-scale family planning projects has the power to transform lives for the better. What seems like a small change for some, is a huge step for others. A move away from poverty, the power to exercise the right of bodily integrity and most importantly perhaps for many parents: a chance to offer wanted children better life prospects.
We invite you to visit PopOffsets’ web page, and to consider supporting the project for all these reasons.