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IRIN Examines Maternal Health Challenges In Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

“The massive destruction of health care facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts,” IRIN reports. “According to the recently released Multi-Cluster/Sector Rapid Assessment (MIRA), produced by more than 40 agencies across nine provinces, damage to health facilities varied from 50 to 90 percent in typhoon-affected areas,” the news service notes. “Approximately 3.6 million women and girls of reproductive age are among the affected, according to the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” IRIN adds. The news service examines a number of health challenges among pregnant and evacuated women (12/5).