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DOH earmarks P150-M grant to LGUs for rapid reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality program

ICC Cotabato City (3 November) -- In line with government's campaign to reduce maternal & infant mortality rate in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) has allocated some P150 million for the 2008 implementation of health reforms for Rapid Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality.

Dr. Abdullah Dumama, region director of DOH XII said, the program is in response to the high prevalence rate of deaths among pregnant women and infant mortality the past twenty years.

Dumama said, the department recognizes the important role of local government units (LGUs) to attain the goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality rate through Maternal Need and Child Health Nutrition (MNCHN) services.

The goal of rapidly reducing maternal and neonatal mortality shall be achieved through effective population-wide provision and use of integrated MNCHN services as appropriate to any locality in the country.

As partners in the implementation of such health reforms program, DOH has appropriate funds for LGUs under a grant facility scheme through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

All LGUs in the region, Dumama said, may signify their interest to avail of the grant intended to intensify family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) programs and comply the six performance criteria which include existing public health professional responsible for managing maternal care and family planning services, local requirements for reproductive health commodities are specified, projected and estimated, planned and organized education and counseling activities about reproductive health, family planning and safe motherhood, budget allocation for reproductive health information, education and communication (IEC) activities, utilization of budget allocation for reproductive health commodities and IEC activities; and clients deemed eligible for free the reproductive health services are able to access services of their choice.

The program is a performance-based FP/RH Grants from DOH and will end in 2009, the health regional chief said; the performance of recipient LGUs will be the basis for the renewal/extension of the MOA.

Director Dumama said, to validate LGU performance, they are required to submit to DOH fund utilization report certified by the provincial auditor and work and financial plan/Accomplishment Report reflecting FP/RH activities. (PBC/RIICC Cotabato City) [top]

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