Empowering Muslim Women and Youth through Health

The project aims to improve the health-seeking behavior and health conditions of Muslim families residing in Maharlika Village, Taguig City.  This project ran from November 2009 to May 31, 2010 and was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Specific Objectives:  

  • To facilitate a common understanding of the reproductive health issues and concerns faced by the community through a series of focus group discussions with the men, women and youth sector in the community;
  • To train community health volunteers on reproductive health particularly on maternal and child health and family planning;
  • To train peer educators on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health;
  • To reproduce behavior change communication materials on reproductive health particularly on maternal and child health and family planning;
  • To provide primary health care and educational services to the residents in Maharlika Village through community outreach clinics; and
  • To establish a functional reproductive health information resource and referral system for men, women, children and youths.

Women, men, youth and children of Barangay Maharlika benefited and availed of the project services particularly maternal and child health, nutrition and family planning services, as well as circumcision and referrals for procedure.   This project helped Increase the number of women who went for obstetric consultation and availed of pap smear services.  Women reportedly encouraged their partners/husbands, and brought their children, to undergo medical checkups.  The extension of the medical mission hours proved heightened community awareness of the importance of one’s health which translated to action.   During the duration of the project, the women beneficiaries consistently complied with medication and even returned for follow up checkups and resupply of medicines.