[DASH of SAS] Going back to the basics to prevent infertility

MANILA, Philippines – Conception has been made less difficult for couples due to the number of medical breakthroughs in the field of reproductive science. There is “assisted reproductive technology” which involve manipulation of both the sperm and the egg; there are also early interventions such as drugs that stimulate the production of eggs. (READ: When conceiving […]

Philippines typhoon affecting maternal health

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 18 January 2013 (IRIN) – With many health facilities damaged or destroyed in typhoon-affected Mindanao, experts have expressed concern about the state of maternal health care. “Many village health centres were totally destroyed. Even in those centres that were only partially damaged, medical supplies were washed […]

PHILIPPINES: Conditional cash for better maternal health

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 2 August 2012 (IRIN) – A nationwide conditional cash transfer programme in the Philippines is slowly improving maternal health, but more is needed to reverse the climbing maternal mortality ratio, say women’s groups. Known locally as “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps), five-year conditional cash transfers (CCTs) […]

[Dash of SAS] Why I have a clitoris

This article was also published here. By Ana P. Santos Dash of SAS joins the Rappler conversation as a regular column on sex positivism. We’ll dish out bits of juicy insights and ask biting questions meant to provoke thought and rouse positive conversations about sexuality. Changing the way we view sex starts with the way […]

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sexual violence forcing girls out of school

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. PORT MORESBY, 6 April 2012 (IRIN) – In the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) sexual violence against young girls, and the shame and stigma that follows, is forcing many out of school and others into early marriage. A recent study by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), […]

‘Imposing misery’ among Manila residents

This article was originally published in Rappler. By Ana Santos MANILA, PHILIPPINES — “It makes us happy to have a lot of children in the house,” Rosalie Cabinyan says in Filipino. “There is endless laughter and cheer with all of them moving about.” “I guess the only time it gets difficult is during eating time. There’s […]

Metro Magazine Empowered Filipinas

This article was originally published in Metro Magazine June 2010 issue. Suzan, a stay at home mom based in the Gulf, says that after making small talk at a party, a man propositioned her thinking she was for hire. Every Filipina, at some point or another, has been on the receiving end of the stinging […]

IRIN News: Superstition Undermines Maternal Health

This article originally published in IRIN News MALABON, 20 September 2010 (IRIN) – Ophelia has never had any formal training but has been delivering babies since she was 19. Now 52, she believes her years of experience qualify her to handle even emergency cases, including excessive bleeding and breach pregnancies. “To stop bleeding, I pull […]