Alternative Streams: SRHR in the Perspective of Islam

Code:    06-057
Date:    07/01/2006 - 07/30/2007

This project aimed to enrich the understanding of 1800 Muslims in selected areas of the provinces of South Cotabato, Saranggani, and General Santos with regard to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the context of Islam.

A core of advocates were organized, dialogues conducted and the results of the project disseminated in the form of publications and other creative methodologies.

These were the key outputs of the project: (1) Alternative streams for promoting SRHR through 12 community dialogues and the production of 1 IEC materials (fact sheet, poster , and a one-minuter radio spot); (2) A core of community advocates in each province, with at least 15 members, formed to advance SRHR concerns and the interest of Muslim communities particularly of women and youth in local development efforts; three advocacy events organized to mobilize public support; and (3) Project results, learning, and recommendations particularly on appreciating Islam and the Fatwah as guides for enhancing the quality of service delivery in FPOP clinics towards possible Halal certification were published/shared in popular media form.

How the project contributed to the goal of PCPD:

The project demonstrated how a better understanding of population issues among a marginalized group of Muslims can influence development planning and reproductive health care delivery at the community level.

It was also an avenue for broadening PCPD’s popdev constituency among the Muslim community.  Through Halal certification, standards for delivery of services in clinics were established and these can be used as benchmarks for other clinics outside of the project areas.

The project was one of winners of the 2006 World-Bank-Panibagong Paraan as it responded to the issue of equity in development by involving the marginalized Muslim men, women and youth in the provinces of Sulu, Saranggani and General Santos.