“Maternal deaths and complications are readily preventable today if we can provide every future mothers with access to modern family planning services to prevent unwanted pregnancies, prenatal care to improve maternal nutrition, facilities capable of safe delivery and handling of maternal emergencies and postpartum care to prevent and address complications after delivery,” explained Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona during his message at the launching of the 2011 Family Health Survey last June 19, 2012.

“With increasing life expectancy and the subsequent increase in the number of age-related, chronic diseases, including cancers, that require blood and blood products for treatment, we increasingly need more blood donors to meet these demands,” said Dr. Neelam Dhingra, Coordinator for Blood Transfusion Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“In a recent study from Quezon City, the paper record retrieval time was decreased from 2.41 minutes to less than 5 seconds,” revealed Dr. Marie Irene Sy, National Project Manager for Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) of the National Telehealth Center (NTHC) in her presentation during the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) research forum last 14 June 2012.

“To this day, there are still doctorless underserved communities. We are revamping our health facility system and the Department is continuing its deployment programs which intend to reach further communities which need doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologies, nutritionists and other health professionals,” shared Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona in his message delivered by Undersecretary Nemesio T. Gako during the 85th Foundation Anniversary of the University of the Philippines-College of Public Health (UP-CPH) last June 18, 2012.

Last June 8, 2012, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report titled, “Pneumonia and diarrhea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children” which presented interventions that could overcome the battle against two leading killers of the world’s youngest children - pneumonia and diarrhea.

Pneumonia and diarrhea is responsible for 29 percent of deaths among children under five worldwide or more than 2 million deaths a year. The report said that nearly 90 percent of the children who die from the two diseases live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.