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The country needs more community healthworkers. Free the 43 healthworkers now!

In Books, Fora, IBON Photos on March 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

In the Philippines, 180 Filipino children die everyday from preventable illnesses. Over 3 million families have no access to safe water. Over 2 million families have no access to a sanitary toilet. Around 7 million school-age children are malnourised.

Four out of 10 children suffer from iron, vitamin A and iodine deficiencies. Over 4/10 pregnant and lactating moms have anemia. There are only 16,000 usually poorly equipped or unattended health stations in 42,000 barangays or 2 health centers  for every 10,000 people. 3/5 hospitals and almost half of hospital beds are private. For overy 100,000 Filipinos there are only 114 doctors, 426 nurses, and 165 midwives…

Needless to say, the country is in a poor state of health. In face of this, why are community healthworkers being arrested and detained illegally? Free the 43 healthworkers now! (Figures from IBON book Chronically Ill: an overview of the Philippine health sector.)

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