World Youth Alliance (WYA) Asia Pacific office
The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations.
The WYA Asia Pacific (WYAAP) Office is based in the Philippines. It has recently moved to a new location. The new address is: 11 J. P. Laurel Street, Xavierville 1, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108 Philippines.
I was so fortunate to have been invited to the echoing, the evening of 22 June 2010, of the International Solidarity Forum (ISF) whose topic last March was “MATERNAL HEALTH”. This was important to me, as I needed to complete the ‘conceptual framework’ I developed for the orientation on the so-called ‘Reproductive Health (RH) Bill’ that some lawmakers have wished to pass for a long time now, up to today.
The most important information I picked up that could complete the framework on Maternal Health in the link above is as follows:
–In the talk given by Dr. Rebecca Austen during the ISF in March, she explained the top causes of maternity mortality being the following:
- Obstetric fistula/labor
- Hypertensive disorder
–Clearly, NONE of the proposals in the family planning (RH Bill) programs has got anything to do with resolving these problems. And yet, what the family planning (RH Bill) proposals contain are: contraceptives, condoms, etc.: objects which have to do with prevention of pregnancy instead of assisting mother & child (and providing true health & happiness) during & after childbirth.
–For more info on the issue of Maternal Health, the WYA website leads you to MaterCareUSA.org.
I quickly understood why all of these youths in WYA have decided to commit their energies and resources to this worthy cause: promoting the dignity of the person in development. In the Philippines in particular, I think the most critical task is that of EDUCATING the people, both parents and children, about the TRUTH regarding their health, human development, the dignity of the human person… in short, their HAPPINESS.