Risking their Lives to Bring Health Services to the Poor in Remote Areas

Features Philippines Sep 3, 2008 at 9:30 am

Even as they provide much-needed health services in far-flung areas, community health workers (CHWs) are not spared from being targets of the military’s counter-insurgency campaign. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, two CHWs shared how they risk their lives just to be able to continue serving the poor. Their stories reveal how soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) hamper their work and harass them in violation of provisions of international humanitarian law protecting medical personnel.
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