Philippines program provided 800,000+ women maternal health education and care

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A doctor provides free checkups as part of a health outreach program in the Philippines. Photo by: CARD MRI
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CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and Freedom from Hunger announced that under the “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies” program, some 800,000 women have received maternal health education in the past 5 months and 3600 women have received healthcare in the past 12 months. The project aims to improve maternal health alongside their microfinance services in the Philippines, accelerating achievement of UN Millennium Development Goal 5.


WASHINGTON, D.C. [September 24]—Partners in a joint-program aiming to improve maternal health in the Philippines announced today that they provided more than 800,000 women with maternal health services in the past year. CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), the Microcredit Summit Campaign, and Freedom from Hunger began rolling out health education in April to poor and rural communities in Luzon, Mindanao, and, notably, the Visayas, which had catastrophic destruction in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

With the support of program partners, CARD MRI trained more than 1,000 account officers (AOs) in 14,650 centers to deliver the health education to CARD members. The AOs educated an average of 5,000 women per day over the last five months on important maternal health issues. Each woman received two hours of instruction on simple but important lessons like the food and nutritional supplements that pregnant and young women need and the importance of giving birth in a health facility.

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Why I Commit…Child & Youth Finance International

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The Campaign sat down with commitment makers at the 17th Microcredit Summit and asked them what making a commitment meant to them. Hear what those leaders had to say in the “Why I Commit…” video series. Jared Penner, Education Manager, … Continue reading

Yunus Centre fulfills Campaign Commitment by cultivating ‘job-givers’

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Providing a Safety Net to Ten Million People

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Richard Leftley, CEO of MicroEnsure, writes about the experiences that helped lead to the development of a safety net for the most vulnerable and how far they have come in fulfilling their Commitment to the Campaign.
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Fostering Access to Agricultural Financial Products: FAO’s Commitment

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Grameen Foundation has a new PPI Certification – Learn About it during our Upcoming E-Workshop

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BRAC declares Campaign Commitment to graduate 250,000 households from ultra-poverty

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Discussions with practitioners in the field: What’s up with mBanking?

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Jesse Marsden, Research & Operations Manager at the Campaign, shares some of the practitioner viewpoints about mBanking gleaned from our joint research with Microfinance Opportunities. EspañolFrançais Continue reading

How Can Microfinance Be More Inclusive to Children and Youth? Webinar Recording

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On Wednesday, March 12th in celebration of Global Money Week 2014, we co-hosted with Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) a webinar that explored how microfinance can be more inclusive to children and youth. A small but increasing number of MFIs now offer financial and non-financial services to children and youth. By doing so, they are building the next generation’s capability to save, build assets and, if needed acquire microloans to support their livelihood activities.

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TODAY! Yunus Centre to Livestream the 10th Social Business Design Lab

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The Yunus Centre will be streaming a live video feed of the 10th Social Business Design Lab TODAY, December 20th at 11 PM (local time: December 21, 2013 at 10.00 AM (GMT+6)) . The Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab is a meeting place … Continue reading

Initial Reports of Affected Filipino MFI Staff, Clients, and Branches

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2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit Declaration

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From October 9 to 11 we held the Microcredit Summit in Manila on the theme “Partnerships against Poverty.” Delegates of the Summit drafted and approved the 2013 Partnerships against Poverty Summit Declaration, listing the principles that we will follow to insure that microfinance works as a worthy partner in the movement to end extreme poverty. This is the text of that powerful and inspiring Declaration.

We, the participants in the Partnerships against Poverty Summit, state collectively and enthusiastically, that:

EXTREME POVERTY CAN AND WILL BE ENDED BY THE YEAR 2030!

To reach this goal, we declare the following four commitments:

First, we commit to putting the poor first!

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New Partnerships against Poverty: Health and Financial Services

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When hundreds of millions of women like Alpana can enjoy health, savings, good work, and a sense of achievement and security for their families, we will know that our job is done EspañolFrançais Continue reading

Sign onto the Declaration in Support of the Independence of Grameen Bank

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Reflections from the 2013 Summit: Summary of Day 1, October 9th 2013 OPENING CEREMONY… and Preview of Day 2, October 10th 2013

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The opening ceremony started of with a speech from Mr. Larry Reed, the Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign and  Mrs. Mila Mercado Bunker, the President of Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), and Chairperson of the Microfinance Council of the … Continue reading