Project profile — Innovation in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Philippines


Inter Pares (CA-CRA_ACR-2118971100)
2016-03-24 - 2020-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Canada (4.74%)
• Philippines (95.26%)


• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (41.82%)
Family planning (13030) (14.84%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (36.34%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (7.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in typhoon-ravaged Eastern Samar and three urban slum communities in Metro Manila in the Philippines by addressing the lack of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services, such as family planning, skilled birth attendants, emergency obstetric care and newborn care, as well as the lack of community understanding of safe motherhood practices. To address these needs, this initiative aims to establish an integrated network of four, non-profit MNCH clinics delivering services and outreach. Project activities include: (1) conducting information and education campaigns on safer MNCH issues; (2) training clinic medical staff on quality care standards, and up-to-date MNCH issues, knowledge, and practices; (3) setting-up and opening four MNCH clinics; (4) training women, youth and other marginalized groups in human rights and gender equality to enable behavioural changes that promote safe practices; and (5) produce and distribute public engagement resources on MNCH (print, online, video, toolkit) for use in Canada. This project is expected to contribute directly to the improved health of approximately 16,000 people, including approximately 6,400 children. In addition, more than 171,000 are expected to benefit indirectly from this project. Inter Pares is implementing this project in collaboration with the local partner Likhaan Center for Women's Health.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this initiative include: (1) improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five years of age; (2) improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five years of age; and (3) increased Canadian public engagement in maternal, newborn and child health issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2020 include: (1) a network of five clinics (four in Metro Manila and one in the rural area of Eastern Samar) are operational and urban clinics were generating 67% of their operating costs from reimbursements from the national health insurance program for services provided; (2) over 85,000 poor and marginalized women were provided with maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services through the clinics or outreach services; (3) 382 community volunteers were recruited, trained, organized and mobilized for health promotion and to facilitate access to MNCH services, including during health emergencies; and (4) 65,148 women and girls were reached through education and information campaigns promoting safer MNCH practices and awareness of their SRH health rights.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $116,216
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
02-02-2021 Disbursement $116,217
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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