n 1998, RH was a bland program that 2DOH secretaries wished to mainstream
into the health system. Now, RH or reproducve
health is a byword that has gripped the public
consciousness. Majority have supported RH inendless surveys while congressional and presi
denal debates have erupted on the issue. Why
is there majority support for RH? Many strategic
and praccal reasons. Here are 10 easy ones:
RH DOES …
PROTECT THE HEALTH & LIVESOF MOTHERS
The WHO (World HealthOrganizaon) esmates thatcomplicaons arise in 15% of
pregnancies, serious enoughto hospitalize or kill women.
From the 2 million plus livebirths alone, some 300,000maternal complicaonsoccur yearly. This is 7 mes
the DOH’s annual count for TB,
19 mes for heart diseases, and20 mes for malaria in women.
As a result, more than 11 women die needlesslyeach day.
health centers, for safe birthing, more dicultRH services like IUD inserons, and manage
ment of sexually transmied infecons; and
hospitals, for emergency obstetric and newborn
care and surgical contracepon. Strong RH facili
es will be the backbone of a strong and fairly
distributed public health facility system.
GIVE ACCURATE & POSITIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE
Currently, most young people enter
relaonships and even married life without thebenet of systemac inputs by any of our socialinstuons. As a result of just one faulty sexual
decision, many young women and men can lose
their future, their health and somemes theirlives. We insist on young voters’ educaon foran acvity that occurs once every 3 years, butleave our young people withlile preparaon to cope withmajor life events like pubertyand sexual maturaon.
avoiding mulple partnersor using condoms prevent
genital warts or HPV infec-
for data sources and addional informaon
Pass theReasons toRH Bill Now
ons that cause cervical cancers. Self breast
exams and Pap smears can detect early signs of cancers which can be cured if treated early. All
these are part of RH educaon and care. Contra
cepves do not heighten cancer risks; combined
pills actually reduce the risk of endometrial and
SAVE MONEY THAT CAN BE USED FOR EVENMORE SOCIAL SPENDING
Ensur-ing modern FP forall who need itwould increasespending from
P1.9 B to P4.0 B, but
the medical costs for un-
intended pregnancies would fall from P3.5 B toP0.6 B, resulng in a net savings of P0.8 B. Thereis evidence that families
with fewer childrendo spend morefor health and