Ethics on Promoting Milk Substitutes

Reviving the breastfeeding culture in the is facing rough challenges owing to the aggressive advertising of processed milk products for infants. While there are medical factors that prevents women from breastfeeding such as being HIV positive, using certain drugs or having a baby with galactosemia (an inability to process a component of breastmilk), the most common reasons not …

Whose Interest?

Breastfeeding may be the single most important intervention that can save the lives both of mothers and infants.  It can drastically reduce stunting, prevent child deaths and could be the most important investment that the government can make.   But it is also a politically charged issue.   Not only because males continue to ogle at women …

Candle Lights

In 2016, the Philippines became the first Asian country to license Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, even before it was prequalified by the World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly a million students, mostly from Metro Manila, took part in a school-based vaccination campaign conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Department of …

Pablo, Five Years After

Karla, 8 years old and resident of Barangay Andap, Compostela Valley recalls the early dawn of December 4 when their family and neighbours have to run away from rushing waters and rocks.   “Gigukod gyud mi sa tubig ug bato pero nisalig mi nga tabangan sa Ginoo mao nga niabot mi diri,” she said.  “Gunit-gunit gyud mi …

Public shaming

I was reading on my news feed when I came across the statement of health activists against the PDEA agents who announced in a press conference, that one of their apprehended suspect was HIV positive.  On Tuesday this week, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested 11 males in a drug related raid in Taguig.  …