Philippine Maternal Health Care and the Mangyan People of Mindoro

Video | 7 June 2013

ADB assists indigenous Mangyan women access maternal care in the central Philippine province of Mindoro.

Transcript

Title: Philippine Maternal Health Care and the Mangyan People of Mindoro

Description: ADB assists indigenous Mangyan women access maternal care in the central Philippine province of Mindoro.

VO: The Philippines has a very high infant mortality rate, partly because 60% of deliveries are still being done at home, without proper medical care. There is particular danger for Mangyan women. Living far up in the mountains of the island, they have no access to even basic health services.

SOT: Dr. Normando Legaspi
Provincial Health Officer
Our health facilities are usually located sa mga poblacion, kaya may difficulty kami to reach them.
Translation: Our health facilities are usually located in towns, that’s why we find it difficult to reach them.

VO: Apart from the physical barriers in providing health care, doctors and village workers also had to deal with some cultural constraints. Traditionally, Mangyan people would not take any modern medication fearing they would anger their gods and spirits--this added burden on the doctors and health workers who tracked up steep mountains to work with the Mangyans in a culturally sensitive manner.

SOT: Dr. Nestor Castro
Anthropologist
Ito ang mas kaya nilang tanggapin, kasi nakikita rin nila yung sinseridad nung health practitioners pag sa kanilang lugar pumupunta.
Translation: This is more acceptable to them because they see the sincerity of the health practitioners if they go to their place.

VO: But reluctance and fear can be a daunting foe. Linding Kapanggi has been spent the last week resting at her home. Linding lost her baby only a few weeks ago.

SOT: Linding Kapanggi
Gave birth to stillborn
Sabi nila wag muna maglusong, e yun pala hindi naglabas sa hulo. At pinasabi ko sa kanila, hirap na ako at palusungin na ako.
Translation: My family said I shouldn’t go down from the mountains but I told them to let me go because it was too hard.

VO: A new project is now helping Mangyans with access to quality maternal and child health services. The Balai Mangyan funded by the Asian Development Bank respects cultural practices and beliefs in pre-natal, natal, post-natal and neo-natal care. For people like Manny Maayos and Lina Onday, who have just had their second child with the assistance of the project.

SOT: Lina Onday
Mother of newborn
Dito naman maalwan ang mga nanay pag nanganak dito dahil may mga gamot, may mga nurse na nag-a-assist sayo.
Translation: Mothers are more relaxed here; they have medicine and nurses ready to assist.

VO: As traditional beliefs mean meet modern medical practices, the future can be a lot clearer and safer even for those who have endured a loss.

SOT: Linding Kapanggi
Gave birth to stillborn
Sabi nung asawa ko, e…sa susunod…pag kabuwanan na dito na sa baba, para sa bayan na akong manganak.
Translation: My husband told me, the next time I give birth it will be in a health facility.