Photographs were taken at Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, St Cruz, Manila, who provides health care and birth support to single mothers. Single mothers in the Philippines is a serious issues exacer
Photographs were taken at Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, St Cruz, Manila, who provides health care and birth support to single mothers. Hospitals in the Philippines are challenged by the exodus of doctors and nurses to places like Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, where opportunities are plentiful. Philippines, Manila, 10/05/2007.
In the Philippines premarital sexual activities are increasingly common; family and church's strong control and influence lead to a sense of guilt and shame amongst young female and lack of knowledge of the consequences of sexual encounters.
Population growth in the Philippines is one of the world's highest but GDP growth is discouraging and unable to sustain it. The United Nations Development Program estimates that almost 30% of pregnant women were nutritionally at-risk, 40% are anemic and over 75% have grossly inadequate diet. These conditions increase the risk of both maternal mortality and the delivery of low-birth weight infants. The latter, in turn, are also at risk of dying within their first year or of becoming undernourished in their pre-school years.