RH Bill will attract more foreign grants in PH, says population official

(SPOT.ph) According to Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development Executive Director Shiv Khare, the Reproductive Health Bill could garner more foreign grants for women’s rights and reproductive health programs in the Philippines if the bill is legalized, reports The Philippine Star.  Khare made the prediction at the 2011 Regional Parliamentarians' Consultation on Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights held over the weekend in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

"If you are able to pass this Reproductive Health Bill, I'm sure that large number of agencies will also support you with contraceptives and related services," said Khare, who supports the measure. He believes that with its passage, the country’s Department of Health would provide more funds for reproductive health services and it would also invite foreign aid.

The two-day consultation, attended by representatives from six Asia Pacific countries, also discussed the potential decline in assistance from Europe and the USA, reports TheHindu.com. With the political instability of some West-Asian countries and the economic slowdown of in Europe, the reproductive health sector might be most affected. "Now European countries are reducing (foreign assistance) because of their economic situation, the Americans are also reducing (their assistance to developing countries) so we have like India which has more money, they can help the Philippines," said Kahre in The Philippine Star.

For more on this story, log on to The Philippine Star and TheHindu.com.

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