Multi-Center Program for Total Maternal Care

Code:    Proj-29
Date:    12/01/1976 - 12/01/1978
Duration: 24 Months

The project expanded the pioneering and successful Total Maternal Care Program of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). It established similar Total Maternal Care Centers (TMCC) in ten strategically located city government and private hospitals in Metro Manila. These centers offered sterilization to postpartum patients classified as high-risk pregnancy cases. Surgical sterilization thus became an integral part of total maternal care, a preventive measure to safeguard the well-being of mother and child. Emphasis were given to postpartum minilaparotomy, but interval manilaparotomy and vasectomy was also offered. The project used hospital personnel and facilities to recruit acceptors and provide free sterilization services. Each TMCC was expected to perform 40-50 minilap and 7-8 vasectomy operations a month for one year, reaching approximately 5,000 males and females in Metro Manila.