Country Information

Made up of more than 7000 islands, the Philippines has a population of over 103 million people (WHO,2016). Despite experiencing some positive economic growth in recent years, the challenge remains to filter these gains through to the poorer sections of society. Compounding this challenge is the Philippines’ vulnerability to natural disasters. Life expectancy at birth is 66 for males and 73 for females (WHO,2016), and the infant mortality rate is 28 per 1000 live births (WHO,2018). Total health expenditure per capita is US$329 (WHO,2014).

Program History

In recognition of the need to improve access to cleft lip and palate surgery for local patients, Interplast initiated programs to the Philippines in 1998 through funding from the Australian Government (then called AusAID). Programs have since been delivered in Baguio City/Benguet, Mindanao, Bohol and Masbate.

The demand for plastic and reconstructive surgery treatment for local patients in the Philippines continues to exceed the services locally available. While the country has a growing number of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, their reach does not extend to adequately meet the needs of the population. Interplast’s established partnerships with local non-government organisations in both Cagayan De Oro and Baguio City and Masbate continue to identify patients who would otherwise go untreated.

Since 1998, Interplast has undertaken 45 programs to the Philippines, providing consultations to almost 3000 patients and close to 2,700 life-changing operations.

Current program

In the 2019/2020 financial year, Interplast will deliver three surgical and training programs to the Philippines, one each to Cagayan de Oro, Baguio and Masbate. These programs will provide crucial reconstructive surgery to local populations, while also delivering important training to local medical personnel.

For more details, visit our Calendar of Program Activities or get in contact with us.