Roots of Health empowers women and girls in the Philippines to secure their right to health and freedom from violence. We support women's health and the well-being of their families and their communities. The GlobalGiving Challenge will help us expand our work and fulfill our mission.
Women's health in the Philippines is a challenge that extends beyond the delivery of essential services. Poverty, food insecurity, joblessness and a lack of knowledge about reproductive health compound the challenges that women face. As a result, 15 women a day die in the Philippines due to preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications; 50% of pregnancies are unplanned; and 25% of all pregnancies are teen pregnancies; And many women remain unserved by clinics and hospitals.
Roots of Health reaches over 16,000 girls and women with our holistic approach to women's health, which includes sex education, clinical services, community-based health support and life skills training. We make sure that women get the basic care they deserve, as well as the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the health and wellbeing of their families and communities. We have been expanding our services for the past 5 years reaching more and more women and girls in need.
Roots of Health started as an organization serving 2 communities and has steadily expanded over 5 years to serve 11 communities. Our high school outreach, and regular radio programs focusing on teens have allowed us to expand our protection of the health and well-being of Filipino women to the entire Island of Palawan. By helping Roots of Health meet the GlobalGiving Open Challenge, you will be investing in Roots of Health's expansion and in the future of women and girls across the Philippines.