Pregnancies surge in the Philippines during pandemic lockdown

The number of unintended pregnancies is expected to surge this year as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures, making it an “epidemic” itself, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned.

According to UNFPA program officer Aimee Santos-Lyons, the number of Filipino women expected to give birth this year could increase by 42 per cent or 751,000 to reach a total of 2.6 million if mobility restrictions remain in place until the end of 2020.

“These numbers are an epidemic in itself,” Santos told a Senate hearing on September 29.

She noted that the restrictions on mobility, which were designed to slow down and prevent the ltransmission of Covid-19, also led to the unintended consequence of a spiking pregnancy rate.

Adding to that, abortion remains broadly restricted in the Catholic-majority country where attempts to change this law have been unsuccessful in the past.

A study commissioned by UNFPA showed that restrictive lockdown measures left millions of Filipino women with no access to maternal care and family planning services. The study also warned that sexual and physical violence among partners is expected to substantially rise until the end of the year.

At close to 110 million, the Philippines has the second highest population number in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia with 274 million and ahead of Vietnam with 98 million.

Singapore government to pay couples additional bonus for making babies

Meanwhile and in stark contrast, Singapore is facing the exactly opposite problem of having too few babies and remaining a country with one of the lowest fertility rates worldwide as high living costs and a busy work environment are taking their toll.

The Singapore government is now offering a one-off payment to encourage people to have babies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Details were not immediately available, but it is understood that the support will come on top of the existing government baby bonus, which provides eligible parents up to S$10,000 ($7,330) in benefits, in order to incentivise couples to make full use of their time in the lockdown.

Singapore’s fertility rate stands at 1.14 births per woman, which is alarmingly low, considering Singapore’s population of just over 5.8 million people. In contrast, the Philippines fertility rate is 2.6 per women as of 2020.



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The number of unintended pregnancies is expected to surge this year as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures, making it an “epidemic” itself, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned. According to UNFPA program officer Aimee Santos-Lyons, the number of Filipino women expected to give birth this year could increase by 42 per cent or 751,000 to reach a total of 2.6 million if mobility restrictions remain in place until the end of 2020. “These numbers are an epidemic in itself,” Santos told a Senate hearing on September 29. She noted that the restrictions on mobility, which were designed...

The number of unintended pregnancies is expected to surge this year as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures, making it an “epidemic” itself, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned.

According to UNFPA program officer Aimee Santos-Lyons, the number of Filipino women expected to give birth this year could increase by 42 per cent or 751,000 to reach a total of 2.6 million if mobility restrictions remain in place until the end of 2020.

“These numbers are an epidemic in itself,” Santos told a Senate hearing on September 29.

She noted that the restrictions on mobility, which were designed to slow down and prevent the ltransmission of Covid-19, also led to the unintended consequence of a spiking pregnancy rate.

Adding to that, abortion remains broadly restricted in the Catholic-majority country where attempts to change this law have been unsuccessful in the past.

A study commissioned by UNFPA showed that restrictive lockdown measures left millions of Filipino women with no access to maternal care and family planning services. The study also warned that sexual and physical violence among partners is expected to substantially rise until the end of the year.

At close to 110 million, the Philippines has the second highest population number in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia with 274 million and ahead of Vietnam with 98 million.

Singapore government to pay couples additional bonus for making babies

Meanwhile and in stark contrast, Singapore is facing the exactly opposite problem of having too few babies and remaining a country with one of the lowest fertility rates worldwide as high living costs and a busy work environment are taking their toll.

The Singapore government is now offering a one-off payment to encourage people to have babies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Details were not immediately available, but it is understood that the support will come on top of the existing government baby bonus, which provides eligible parents up to S$10,000 ($7,330) in benefits, in order to incentivise couples to make full use of their time in the lockdown.

Singapore’s fertility rate stands at 1.14 births per woman, which is alarmingly low, considering Singapore’s population of just over 5.8 million people. In contrast, the Philippines fertility rate is 2.6 per women as of 2020.



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