Work With Women


Maternal Health Sessions

  • Stand-alone modules on various health and rights topics including pregnancy, delivery and pre-and post-natal care, contraceptives and how they work, breastfeeding, human rights, family relationships, nutrition, and budgeting.
  • Sessions are interactive and involve games and activities in order to facilitate learning.
  • Class sizes can be as large as 70.
  • High-performing students can be trained further as Community Health Advocates in order to help women access clinical services. Community Health Advocates also assist nurses in tracking contraceptive acceptors and pregnant clients.

Healthy Pregnancy Program

  • Any pregnant woman or girl, no matter how far along in her pregnancy, can participate in ROH’s Healthy Pregnancy program.
  • Pregnant clients are given pregnancy tests, monthly prenatal exams and free prenatal vitamins, and ultrasounds.
  • Women are counseled in order to create a birth plan, and depending on where they want to give birth, are assisted in making a plan in order to raise the necessary funds.
  • Three post-partum checks ups and infant check-ups are given after the woman delivers her baby.
  • The clinical team also assists women in applying for their babies’ birth certificates.
  • Thanks to generous donations from KOICA and Catapult we have been able to pay for women to give birth in a facility if their pregnancies are high-risk.

Community Health Advocates

  • At the close of our maternal health classes, women who performed well and who exhibit leadership traits are given further training as Community Health Advocates (CHAs).
  • CHAs are an integral part of our programming and the way we most ensure the sustainability of our programming.
  • CHAs assist the clinical team by helping to keep track of the women in their communities and when are due for a prenatal check-up, new pill pack or a new DMPA injection.
  • We have 52 CHAs in our 10 communities. They meet for quarterly for training in such skills as using a blood pressure apparatus to take blood pressure, and how to calculate an expected due date, or see early signs of dehydration in babies, or labor in pregnant women.

Roots of Health employs a rigorous needs assessment process that involves interviews and surveys in order to select underserved communities in Puerto Princesa that would most benefit from our work. Once we select our communities, we offer a comprehensive package of programs and services to any and all women and young people in the community who wish to partake.